A reading blog in which I personally document what I read in hopes of recommending great books to others.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
(1) This book was wrongly labeled by Wesley as "soft porn" because it describes two rape scenes. Due to the efforts to censor and ban the book, many supporters rallied to speak up for intellectual freedom (freedom to read what one pleases) through twitter and blogs. (2) The book was made into a movie by the same title with Twilight's Kristen Stewart as the main character.
Miranda Sordino begins her freshmen year as an outcast due to a misunderstanding that occured during the summer. What nobody knows is that Miranda is also dealing with being a victim of rape. She remains silent about it and is determined to speak as little as possible. She withdraws from everyone and loses interest in everything. To make matters worse, Miranda has to go to school with the rapist! Will Miranda ever tell? Will she ever overcome her tramatic experience?
Why should you read it?Once you start reading it, you won't be able to stop. It considers a crime that is all too familiar to many teens today. Many have confessed that this book made them speak up in life including about being raped.