Speak

Speak

The Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2018
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"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2018
ISBN: 9780374300289
0374300283
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Carroll, Emily - Illustrator

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samcmar Apr 18, 2018

Speak is one of my all-time favourite young adult novels. It's a book that has stuck with me for so many years, offering a raw and open look at what it means to be a victim of sexual assault and the challenges of speaking up. This graphic novel version by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll transplants this powerful story using a whole new medium.

This graphic novel version of Speak has such breathtaking artwork throughout, and I feel like Emily Carroll did an amazing job capturing Melinda's story through her art, showcasing the torture and sadness in a way that readers will easily be able to relate to. I loved the way the art captures the sections where Melinda is working on her trees for Mr. Freeman's class. The artistic layering is woven perfectly with the story, and you can feel the passion of both the writing and the art working together.

I also appreciate how well the story translated into a graphic novel. I loved how well condensed the story was from the original. The writing was constantly on point, never missing a beat, and for such a large graphic novel, it's not bloated in any way. You can sense all of Melinda's emotions, you feel her pain, and that is why Speak is still relevant years later.

If you've never read Speak before, I implore you to do it. Read the original, watch the movie, read this version. Speak is such an important story that has continued to stay relevant, and I love that this graphic novel exists, if only to add a new layer to this already powerful story. Definitely check this out.

OPL_KrisC Feb 28, 2018

I enjoyed reading this graphic novel adaptation of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It has been awhile since I've read the original, but I immediately found myself back in the middle of the story. I think this book does a good job of dealing with a difficult subject and I like how the main character eventually stands up for herself and learns to fight back and not stay silent.

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OPL_KrisC Mar 31, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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