by Laurie Halse Anderson

Alright, so by now you’ve all heard that I’m terrible at figuring out where the plot is going, and that this can be a good or a bad thing. Sometimes, though, I pick right up on the foreshadowing, and of course, that changes how I read the rest of the book. Speak was written so that even people like me can figure out early on what happened to the main character before the story began. At first I was really proud of myself for knowing the unspoken secret, but then I realized that the author wasn’t really making it too much of a secret. The point was for the reader to understand how the main character dealt with it, and since it was a first-person narrative, the “secret” couldn’t stay hidden for too long.

Regardless, Speak was poignantly written. Amusing at times, heartbreaking at others, it was one of the best books I’ve read this year and mentally went on my Favorites list before I even finished reading. Better still, it provided a basis for the Romgi and I to have a really good discussion about life and society. I love books like that.

I was a little disappointed that Speak didn’t win the Newbery, but maybe it was too serious of a subject matter for that. It wins my award. For what? Um…good question. The Roni Instant Favorite Award, I guess.


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