Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story written in the first person about a young girl named Melinda Sordino. The title of the book, Speak, is ironically based on the fact that Melinda chooses not to speak. The book is written in the form of a monologue in the mind of Melinda, a teenage introvert. This story depicts the story of a very miserable freshman year of high school. Although there are several people in her high school, Melinda secludes herself from them all. There are several people in her school that used to be her friend in middle school, but not anymore. Not after what she did over the summer. What she did was call the cops on an end of summer party on of her friends was throwing. Although all her classmates think there was no reason to call, only Melinda knows the real reason. Even if they cared to know the real reason, there is no way she could tell them. A personal rape story is not something that flows freely off the tongue. Throughout the story Melinda describes the pain she is going through every day as a result of her rape. The rape of a teenage girl often leads to depression. Melinda is convinced that nobody understands her, nor would they even if they knew what happened that summer. Once a happy girl, Melinda is now depressed and withdrawn from the world. She hardly ever speaks, nor does she do well in school. She bites her lips and her nails until they bleed. Her parents seem to think she is just going through a faze, but little do they know, their daughter has undergone a life changing trauma that will affect her life forever. Many teenagers in high school experience a degree of alienation and se... ... middle of paper ... ...elpguide.org/depression Scheff, S. About Teenage Depression. Retrieved May 27, 2008, from http://www.suescheff.org/depression Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 28, 2008, from Google Scholar Database: http://www.nml.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/1518.htm Depression in Teenagers. Psych Info Online. Retrieved May 28, 2008, from http://www.psychologyinfo.com/depression/teens.htm John, C., & Todd, R. (2007, April 17). [Review of the antidepressants Teenage Depression]. ABC. Retrieved May 26, 2008, from http:// abcnews.go.com/health.depression/story?id=304881&page=1 Teen Depression. Depression Guide. Retrieved May 28, 2008, from http://depressionguide.org/teen-depression.htm
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