“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary.
Number of Pages: 208.
Location: Syracuse, New York.
Melinda is outcasted from her friends and classmates after calling the cops and busting a party before the start of high school. But she called the cops because she was assaulted. Now she holds in her secret in the aftermath. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This was an extremely powerful book. I am impressed by any book that is still relevant almost twenty years later. It has aged very well. With that said, I am also saddened that these #MeToo stories are still too common. [And ya’ll thought this movement was something new].
I can understand why this is a five-star book for many people. It was pretty-dang-close for me. But since I read this and The Way I Used to Be back-to-back, I have to compare the two. I thought The Way I Used to Be did a better job at character development. There were also some parts of Speak that slowed down the story a bit. I mentioned this in my other review, but Speak is more appropriate for younger teens (maybe a PG to PG-13 rating), whereas The Way I Used to Be is more R-rated. And I preferred the way things were wrapped up in The Way I Used to Be better. It seemed more realistic.
I think this is a must-read for teens and adults (13+). It is an important story that needs to be shared. However, due to the nature of the content, it may not be for everyone. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”