Book Report on Speak

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Book Report: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


AP Psychology
Mrs. Jurgensmeyer
04 October 2012
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The thesis for the novel Speak is, Melinda’s psychological need to label characters in the book Speak, comes from the fact that she was emotionally traumatized from what occurred during her summer. She suppresses her emotions by identifying them by something other then what they are. The book begins with “It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache. (p. 3)” As you read the beginning page of this text, you see that Melinda seems to have a hatred for school. Melinda freshman of Merryweather High School, a place she truly dreads. She begins to consider herself an outcast because of an awful event that happened the summer before her freshman year. Melinda every now and again begins to have flashbacks of what happened on the warm summer night. She mocked by the hatred of her ex-bestfriend, as well as the senior who raped her. From what that has happened for her, she hasn’t told anyone. Melinda somewhat went into depression, and begins to bite her lip until scabs and sores appear on her lips. When situations like Melinda’s happen to others, some of the people become depressed and don’t learn how to cope with what happened. The author is pointing out how things can go wrong when you least expect them. In her high school days she is continuously bullied by her peers. The only place she can be herself is in her Art class, janitor’s closet, or her closet in her room. The author is pointing out how things can go wrong when you least expect them.
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