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text 2018-05-09 17:35
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

I enjoyed this book because I could relate to it on some levels.  The main character and I both hate school.  This novel was touching and memorable.  I also was very pleased with the ending.

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text 2018-05-09 16:08
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The characters were very memorable and so was the plot.  I enjoyed every page of this book.  The author's writing style is amazing and unique.  I would highly recommend this book.

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text 2018-05-09 16:03
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The characters and plot in this book were memorable and compelling.  The ending was realistic which I like.

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review 2018-03-25 07:24
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Trigger warning: Rape

 

This is the third time I've read this book.

 

 

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I know I read it first when I was a teenager. I read it again when I was in my late 20s. Even though I knew the story was important, I did not care for it either time. I did not like the format, it did not flow with me. I felt bad that I didn't like the book, and I don't really know why. I feel mood and life experiences can really play a part in how you feel about something.

I decided I wanted to give it a second chance, well a third chance. I am glad that I did. I don't know why I couldn't like the book the first two times, but I could really relate to the main character this time around. Her anxiety, how she felt about having to be silent, like nobody would care or understand. I know how that feels, though for different reasons. I feel like I've grown as a person and I am better able to put myself in her shoes.

 

I also want to point out that the format did not bother me at all this time. In fact, I really liked the writing style and the way it was made to look like a diary. I'm not sure why I didn't like it before, because I've loved diary books for ages.

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Original rating was 2 stars:

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You know, I just did not like this book. I think it was the format of the book that put me off. However, I think this story is important and needs to be told/read.

 

(I really wish I wrote proper reviews back in the days. I still have trouble with them, but at least I think I'm trying harder.)

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review 2018-03-05 17:55
Speak: the Graphic Novel
Speak: The Graphic Novel - Laurie Halse Anderson,Emily Carroll
I found her body language so powerful: her slouching shoulders, her droopy eyes, the baggy shirts and her shaggy hair, Em is a victim who is trying to find her voice. Em made a phone call the night of the party which has now made Em an outcast. Em hasn’t talked to anyone about what occurred the night of the party but to her peers, Em was the one who ruined their night. The ramifications of that night are weighing heavily on Em. The isolation is challenging but the act that was committed against Em is intolerable. Standing alone, Em holds onto the fact that she was raped the night of the party. Feeling deserted, Em tries to deal with this information alone and it becomes too much.
 
What a wonderful graphic novel with powerful illustrations that deals with a difficult subject matter. I found myself stopping and enjoying the illustrations as they told the story beautifully. It truly is worth checking out if this subject matter interests you.

 

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