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The modern classic Speak is now a graphic novel. "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, The modern classic Speak is now a graphic novel. "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. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.


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The modern classic Speak is now a graphic novel. "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, The modern classic Speak is now a graphic novel. "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. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.

30 review for Speak: The Graphic Novel

  1. 3 out of 5

    Lola

    It’s rare for me to enjoy an adaptation more than the original version of the story, but I found this graphic novel adapted from the novel Speak twice as affective as the book itself. It affected me. As I read this story, I thought about why that is. I was never raped. I was never close to being raped. I was touched inappropriately by guys and men without my permission, but certainly nothing like Melinda endured. But it’s such a universal theme – consent. Everyone, whether you’re a boy or a girl, a It’s rare for me to enjoy an adaptation more than the original version of the story, but I found this graphic novel adapted from the novel Speak twice as affective as the book itself. It affected me. As I read this story, I thought about why that is. I was never raped. I was never close to being raped. I was touched inappropriately by guys and men without my permission, but certainly nothing like Melinda endured. But it’s such a universal theme – consent. Everyone, whether you’re a boy or a girl, a man or a woman, or both, you understand that there are boundaries – or there should be – between people and no one should ever cross those boundaries unless you allow that to happen. No one should touch you if you don’t want them to. No one should kiss you if you don’t want them to. No one should even hug you if you don’t want them to, if the people make you uncomfortable. And of course, no one should use you like a sex toy. Ever. IT, the teenage boy who raped Melinda, made the hair on my arms stand up. It’s not that he scared me per se, but the fact that he was able to smile so nonchalantly after committing a crime (and not realizing that what he did was wrong) creeped me out. That kind of person does not understand the need for boundaries and the importance of consent. That kind of person takes what they want and doesn’t look behind as the other person’s world is unravelling. That kind of person, unless caught, becomes an adult, becomes a parent maybe, and has a little girl or boy… and what then? How can that person teach their little girl or boy about respect and consent if they don’t understand it themselves? In my review of the novel, I mentioned feeling disappointed that IT’s personal life is never revealed, that we know close to nothing about him except for what he did to Melinda and other people. But I was wrong to feel disappointed. We don't need to empathize with IT, and it’s certainly easy not to when we learn that he is rich and popular and gets any girl he wants. Even if his father had been abusive to him and this was revealed to us, that wouldn’t make his own behaviour any less wrong. I seem angry right now. I’m actually not. I’m very satisfied, and you will be, too. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 3 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    "I said no."--Melinda 11/8/18: Three times read in one year??! But this is how you can build up your Goodreads numbers, kids. . . :) In my Fall YA class we read the original 1999 by Anderson and in our discussion of the book we drew some of Emily Carroll's images and talked about how that felt, and what we thought illustrator Emily Carroll was trying to accomplish by adding images to the story. A couple of my students preferred the original book (with no pictures). This might be a typical English "I said no."--Melinda 11/8/18: Three times read in one year??! But this is how you can build up your Goodreads numbers, kids. . . :) In my Fall YA class we read the original 1999 by Anderson and in our discussion of the book we drew some of Emily Carroll's images and talked about how that felt, and what we thought illustrator Emily Carroll was trying to accomplish by adding images to the story. A couple of my students preferred the original book (with no pictures). This might be a typical English major perspective, where people usually prefer books to movies or comics versions, but I like this a lot. The art adds a layer of real life horror to it that the book implies but leaves unsaid. The images "speak" it, which works for me because sometimes trauma can be really un-speakable, at least in words. Psychologist Robert Coles wrote a book, Children of Crisis, about his work with African American children who had been traumatized by racist treatment when they were integrating schools in the American South. The children wouldn't talk, but they drew. 7/12/18: Just re-read this for my summer 2018 Graphic novels/comics class focused on kick-ass girls. Everyone in my class loved it and it sparked some great talk about the rarity of talking about real life issues in English classrooms. Some are future teachers and can't wait to teach it. 3/27/18: Ooh, I just finished this and can't wait to tell you about it! As I said in my review of Speak, (the version without illustrations, the YA book that was published in 1999 by Anderson), it was a landmark moment in the history of YA, a book about (teen) rape, and it changed YA and the teaching of literature in school forever. (Yes, sexual violence had been part of literature before, but bringing to the English classroom YA on sexual violence--and to suggest it might be a daily occurrence for teens--was new). Speak is now in the canon of YA and is (still) taught everywhere. The book is surprisingly bright and funny and witty and caustic when it needs to be, and scary all the way through. It tells us some important things about the culture of schooling and sexual harassment/abuse in the hallways (especially) for girls. Trigger warnings on rape and self abuse are relevant, I'll admit that, but I hope if you can read it, you will be able to get some comfort and inspiration from it. I have kids in this house in middle school, and I hope they will all read it. This graphic novel, in this #metoo moment in history, is also a publishing landmark. We didn't maybe "need" it in graphic novel fashion, but this project joins forces of 1) a woman already lauded for her lifetime contributions to YA, who has written many celebrated novels (though none in my opinion as powerful or as personal as this one), and 2) an up-and-coming and also to-be-rock-star cartoonist and illustrator Emily Carroll (who is already an Eisner Award winner). This brings Anderson's important story back into the spotlight and/or introduces it to a new generation of girls. No, it doesn't "replace" the original, but is a very good version. The graphic novel format is right for this book because 1) for much of the book, Melinda is essentially silent, so Carroll's/Melinda's visual images speak for her in the absence of words, and 2) Melinda's salvation happens through Mr. Freeman's art class, and 3) Carroll knows horror, and the real-life, inexpressible horror that Melinda experiences and struggles to articulate is assisted so well by a horror-maven to tell her story. I love how an earlier raped and silenced "caged bird" Maya Angelou serves in this work as muse to Melinda. Powerful! I just finished it, and I was moved again (in spite of having taught the book without pictures many many times) as I finished it. Was it perfect? No. I felt throughout that this was often more illustrated story than graphic novel (Anderson kept maybe too many of her good words in it; I think Carroll should have had an even greater hand in telling this story through the images, since Melinda was silent so long, but still, the words and images we have are great and will reach some girls and women (and boys and men, necessarily) and maybe help them to consider the original, fuller, text. But even if this is all anyone reads, it may be enough. A work of graphic art by an emerging master.

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    Content warnings: sexual assault, self-harm, depression, anxiety, PTSD, victim-shaming “When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” I first picked up a copy of Speak at the library some time in the very early 2000s, when I wish I’d been too young to know how the world worked, the ways in which it chewed children up and spat them back out. Sadly, I was one of many children who learned these things early, and Speak made me feel acknowledged. I remember thinking, for the fi Content warnings: sexual assault, self-harm, depression, anxiety, PTSD, victim-shaming “When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” I first picked up a copy of Speak at the library some time in the very early 2000s, when I wish I’d been too young to know how the world worked, the ways in which it chewed children up and spat them back out. Sadly, I was one of many children who learned these things early, and Speak made me feel acknowledged. I remember thinking, for the first time, that someone understood me, and I will never, ever let go of the special place that feeling carved out in my heart for this famous little story. When I found out that one of my favorite graphic novel artists was taking it on for a new spin, I had to have it, and I literally sat down to devour it the moment I opened the package. “I wonder how long it would take for anyone to notice if I just stopped talking.” Unfortunately, Laurie Halse Anderson speaks from a place of understanding and experience on this topic, but it shines through in how authentic the events of Speak feel. The story not only discusses the ramifications of rape and how Melinda views her attacker now – especially in a scenario when a victim is forced to continue interacting with their abuser – but it also touches on the depression that can come along with the event, and the ways those feelings manifest themselves for many victims: isolation, silence, anger, self-harm, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and apathy for anything in life that isn’t crucial to survival. “I have never heard a more eloquent silence.” While the story itself is as wonderful and haunting as it always has been, Emily Carroll’s artwork genuinely takes things to a new level. She manages to depict small things that don’t come across as so important in the text – like Melinda’s nervous tics, or the way she views herself as an endangered rabbit when the vicious wolf (her attacker) is near. When it comes to the heaviest and darkest scenes, Emily manages to convey the hurt and fear without going overboard on graphic depictions. There is one panel, in fact, that is so subtle, but left me breathless because it so perfectly portrays the helpless claustrophobia that comes with facing one’s attacker. “It happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding.” I could tell you, for those of you who haven’t experienced Speak before, that there’s a silver lining, or a lightly humorous subplot to cut through the grime, or a perfectly happy ending, but none of that would be true. Laurie Halse Anderson is too authentic for that. This isn’t a story about a girl who happens to have been raped; this is a book about rape, and the tragic things it can do to a survivor’s psyche. I recommend the utmost caution when proceeding with this story, in its original format or this new graphic novel style, but I also have to say that I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    Beautiful art, and as always a wonderful, heart wrenching story. I’m so glad this graphic novel was made!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shortcake

    "I said no." WOWOWOWOWOWOW. This was one of those books where you can't stop reading it because it's amazing and like when you're not reading you're thinking about it, wishing you were reading it. It was SO powerful. I'm totally glad I read it. I don't really have a review for this, but it really is amazing, PLUS Emily Carroll's art brings it to life. <3

  6. 5 out of 5

    emilie.❤

    If you're a fan of the original novel, you are going to adore the graphic novel. The art is flawless. Every setting, character and emotion looks just how I pictured them. Kristen Stewart was great in the movie, though the Melinda depicted here is more accurate to how she briefly described herself in the book. I enjoyed the little background details, like Melinda's tree sketches on her bedroom walls and the TV in the living room during Christmas. While I have never experienced assault myself and If you're a fan of the original novel, you are going to adore the graphic novel. The art is flawless. Every setting, character and emotion looks just how I pictured them. Kristen Stewart was great in the movie, though the Melinda depicted here is more accurate to how she briefly described herself in the book. I enjoyed the little background details, like Melinda's tree sketches on her bedroom walls and the TV in the living room during Christmas. While I have never experienced assault myself and cannot begin to imagine what that's like, I feel the art captured depression very well. The long, quiet days that always feel like winter. Only being able to see a smudge, or an empty shell of a person in the mirror. The voices in your head. The feeling of constantly wanting to crawl in bed and not come out. Seeing those emotions expressed in the book and then vividly brought to life through pictures made me tear up than once. Emily Carroll did a wonderful job and I'll be checking out more of her work in the future. Since Speak was published in 1999, making it almost 20 years old, expect to find a few up-to-date references. They're brief and definitely not obnoxious. There are references to Instagram, Nutella, and the inclusion of smart phones. The book doesn't feel dated at all to me, though a lot of teens today might find the lack of internet a little jarring. I'm glad the graphic novel gave it just a touch of modernization without feeling awkward or too "fellow kids." All this to say, this version is amazing and I'm very happy with how everything turned out. The story is important, timeless, and its message needs to be spread. I'd highly recommend this for school libraries and anyone who was touched by Melinda's story. You won't be disappointed! (view spoiler)[ [Old reaction: One of the greatest YA contemporaries ever in graphic novel form?! About time! *slams the preorder button*] (hide spoiler)]

  7. 3 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars! I read this based on a recommendation from a coworker and I really enjoyed it. Speak was a book that came out when I was in middle school and I remember reading and loving it at the time. So much so I even have the movie with Kristen Stewart on DVD. Hardcore, I know LOL. So 15ish years later and reading the graphic novel reminded me of why I love this story and the character of Melinda and her struggle. I feel she represents a lot of girls and women, too many sadly. But she's empathic a 4 stars! I read this based on a recommendation from a coworker and I really enjoyed it. Speak was a book that came out when I was in middle school and I remember reading and loving it at the time. So much so I even have the movie with Kristen Stewart on DVD. Hardcore, I know LOL. So 15ish years later and reading the graphic novel reminded me of why I love this story and the character of Melinda and her struggle. I feel she represents a lot of girls and women, too many sadly. But she's empathic and relatable and what happened to her shouldn't happen to anyone. I also really like how the graphic novel subtly modernized the novel, adding in cell phones and making this story up to date without being too obvious. A solid read, I recommend it to everyone who enjoyed the original book. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  8. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves \u0026#x1f495; books\u0026#x1f4d6;, cats\u0026#x1f63b; and naps\u0026#x1f6cf;

    SPEAK is one of the most important books ever written for young adults. It was a first dealing with date rape, years before #MeToo . Laurie Halse Anderson captured Melinda’s quiet vulnerability and burgeoning voice with enough sarcasm to feel authentic, making Melinda’s pain even more poignant. Because of Melinda’s artwork and art as a metaphor, SPEAK transfers seamlessly to a graphic novel. Emily Carroll’s illustrations brought the characters to life. I’ve seen the movie, listened to the audio a SPEAK is one of the most important books ever written for young adults. It was a first dealing with date rape, years before #MeToo . Laurie Halse Anderson captured Melinda’s quiet vulnerability and burgeoning voice with enough sarcasm to feel authentic, making Melinda’s pain even more poignant. Because of Melinda’s artwork and art as a metaphor, SPEAK transfers seamlessly to a graphic novel. Emily Carroll’s illustrations brought the characters to life. I’ve seen the movie, listened to the audio and read the book countless times, so Carroll’s drawings could have felt “wrong” if she hadn’t imagined the people as Anderson depicted them. Carroll’s Melinda looked different than Kristen Steward in the movie and seemed different than the reader in the audio version, but she **was** just as much Melinda. SPEAK is only the second graphic novel I’ve read, so while I’m not an expert, I can say that I LOVED it. My only complaint was that the formatting on my kindle was a bit tricky*. Viewing was landscape, which was fine, but I would have liked to be able to enlarge some of the pages with greater ease. Even my aging eyes could read all the words, but I had to strain a bit. *i reread on my kindle app for iPad and the book was much easier in maneuver.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Patricia Bejarano

    Cuéntalo es una novela gráfica que me ha encantando de principio a fin. Aviso que es una historia muy dura, pero aún así muy necesaria y que me ha apasionado de principio a fin. Es difícil ya de por sí plasmar este tipo de historias, y más en una novela gráfica, pero tanto la autora ha adaptado su libro a la perfección a guión de novela gráfica y los dibujos son increíbles, y ha sido apasionante leerlo así, ya que el arte en sí es muy importante para nuestra protagonista, que después de un alter Cuéntalo es una novela gráfica que me ha encantando de principio a fin. Aviso que es una historia muy dura, pero aún así muy necesaria y que me ha apasionado de principio a fin. Es difícil ya de por sí plasmar este tipo de historias, y más en una novela gráfica, pero tanto la autora ha adaptado su libro a la perfección a guión de novela gráfica y los dibujos son increíbles, y ha sido apasionante leerlo así, ya que el arte en sí es muy importante para nuestra protagonista, que después de un altercado durante el verano, todos sus compañeros la odian y la han convertido en una marginada. Ir descubriendo qué pasó y cómo eso afectó a Melinda es indescriptible. Yo ya sabía de qué iba la historia, vi la película hace muchísimos años (protagonizada por una jovencísima Kristen Stewart) y aún así, la novela gráfica me ha sorprendido. Sin duda es MUY NECESARIA y trata temas complejos de una manera directa y sin tapujos, pero que cala muy hondo en el lector. Sin duda os la recomiendo muchísimo. No es solo una de las mejores novelas gráficas que he leído, sino también uno de los mejores libros que he podido leer. IMPRESIONANTE.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Lane

    I want to wrap Melinda in a big, fresh out of the dryer blanket & spoon feed her chocolate ice cream while we watch The Princess Bride because she needs a friend who would do that for her!! This story is important and strong. It's heartbreaking, but it brings to light a struggle that I personally, have never had to endure, and it's a struggle that should never leave the victim feeling powerless or ashamed or isolated. I liked that the graphic novel didn't focus solely on what happened to Meli I want to wrap Melinda in a big, fresh out of the dryer blanket & spoon feed her chocolate ice cream while we watch The Princess Bride because she needs a friend who would do that for her!! This story is important and strong. It's heartbreaking, but it brings to light a struggle that I personally, have never had to endure, and it's a struggle that should never leave the victim feeling powerless or ashamed or isolated. I liked that the graphic novel didn't focus solely on what happened to Melinda at the party. It brought up normal high school issues, like cliques and rumors, and didn't try to romanticize the high school experience. I'm not going to lie, I went to a small private school my freshman and sophomore year of high school, so I was never subject to the kind of harsh insults that were hurled at Melinda. But girls can be downright cruel at that age (I know I had my moments of jealousy) & guys can be just as big of jerks, and I wanted to throw Heather down a trash chute !!!!! Sorry had to mention that 💁🏼 Only thing that I would have liked to have seen was Melinda's parents working out their issues, or talking with Melinda after finding out about what happened to her. (this may have been wrapped up in the actual novel but I wouldn't know because I haven't read it) It ended quite abruptly for me, but at least it ended on a hopeful note. It's moving and sad, but worth the read. And the art is superb. 🤙🏼

  11. 3 out of 5

    nova ryder ♥

    The art really took this from a 4 to a 5. Laurie Halse Anderson is coming to my library in two weeks so I’m definitely going to have to buy a copy of this and have her sign it. RTC

  12. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    My wife was reading the actual novel and it looked good so figured I'd borrow from the Library the graphic novel. This is a tale of a girl going through her first year at high school. Beyond friends betraying friends, weird social issues, fitting in, and more you get a darker and deeper story here. Melinda is raped the summer before high school and she keeps it all in because it's hard to talk about the events. Physically, emotionally and honestly a survival tale, this is Melinda story of how to My wife was reading the actual novel and it looked good so figured I'd borrow from the Library the graphic novel. This is a tale of a girl going through her first year at high school. Beyond friends betraying friends, weird social issues, fitting in, and more you get a darker and deeper story here. Melinda is raped the summer before high school and she keeps it all in because it's hard to talk about the events. Physically, emotionally and honestly a survival tale, this is Melinda story of how to survive through it all. Good: The art is great. Not to overly detail, and just enough emotions to get the bigger moments across on faces. I thought the dialog was pretty solid, a bit outdated at parts, but that's all high school lingo. I thought the ending was very powerful and gave hope in a otherwise dark story. Bad: I thought the pacing was a bit odd. Sometimes scenes thrown in make it hard to keep interested and unneeded at times. Overall a great story about a girl's survival through probably the worst part of her life. A 4 out of 5.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott S.

    "Sometimes I think high school is one long hazing activity. If you're tough enough to survive this, they'll let you become an adult . . . I hope it's worth it." - Melinda Sordino Powerfully succinct graphic novel adaptation of the popular young adult best-seller, illustrated in a sparse black / white / gray format that seemed appropriate for the dark story, that is more timely than ever during the on-going issues in the entertainment industry.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Courtney

    I read this for the first time when I was 14 or 15. It was really great to read it again in graphic novel-form.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Amelia's Fantastical Bookends

    Just as heart-wrenching and harrowing as the first time I read it. Anderson' prose combined with Emily Carroll's illustrations bring this book to life in an intensely gripping and creative way; the story itself holds up as the reader is transported into Melinda's world. This book explores the topic of rape and how it changes the entire world of one girl's life; from the truly dark to the growth that can come from being a survivor from a traumatic situation. Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a short prolo Just as heart-wrenching and harrowing as the first time I read it. Anderson' prose combined with Emily Carroll's illustrations bring this book to life in an intensely gripping and creative way; the story itself holds up as the reader is transported into Melinda's world. This book explores the topic of rape and how it changes the entire world of one girl's life; from the truly dark to the growth that can come from being a survivor from a traumatic situation. Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a short prologue for the book, too, describing her own emotional turmoil when deciding to write the original book back in the 90s, and how thankful she is for all the people who have continued to support her and other survivors on the long road to recovery and self-love. This novel has been and always will be poignant and special. It ranges from a whole smattering of topics: depression, self-hate, and becoming an outcast in a social environment, but it also teaches about the beauty and hope that people can find in art, friendship, and inevitably in themselves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    How can this book be so great? I know the story, the ending, and yet I was gripped with emotions on every spread. I feel lacerated anew to experience Melinda's story in a new, wholly amazing way. The art is PERFECT. The script is perfectly chosen for the medium. It really is a new book. A seven on the Orbiting Jupiter scale. Five tissues and two ugly cries (the last page and when Melinda sees her art teacher in Cubist form. . . so powerful.)

  17. 3 out of 5

    Rachael

    uh, so that was amazing. also my first five-star read of 2018! full rtc

  18. 3 out of 5

    ❛jingle bell rock❜ (kayla)

    HERE ME OUT NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THIS BOOK, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BUT I HAD TO RETURN IT TO THE LIBRARY SO I DIDN'T GET TO FINISH IT 😭 and there's no way of getting another copy anytime soon so I have to stop half through :/

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*

    I was clearly not the target audience for this.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shayne Bauer

    This is a 4.5 for me. The original book is easily my favorite novel; therefore, I was excited to read the graphic. This is the first graphic I've ever read, so it was a unique reading experience. I had visualized some of the characters and events differently in my mind, so it was tough to register that in my brain as I went through this version. I feel like there is a lack of connection with some of the specifics of the plot, and if I didn't know the original story so well, I would not have been This is a 4.5 for me. The original book is easily my favorite novel; therefore, I was excited to read the graphic. This is the first graphic I've ever read, so it was a unique reading experience. I had visualized some of the characters and events differently in my mind, so it was tough to register that in my brain as I went through this version. I feel like there is a lack of connection with some of the specifics of the plot, and if I didn't know the original story so well, I would not have been able to fully comprehend the graphic. What I do love though is the moment when Melinda's secret is revealed. The artwork is so perfect that it brought tears to my eyes. The amount of emotion portrayed is phenomenal. It compelled me to stop and take it all in, just like I would reread an important part of a novel. I enjoyed that part of the experience. I will definitely recommend this book to those who have read the original as well as to those who haven't. I would suggest that readers read both versions though for the full experience of this story and the very important message it sends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    Wow, you get the same emotional feel as the novel. It was absolutely heartbreaking and just as beautiful. If you love the original novel, you will fall in love all over again with the graphic novel retelling. You get the same story but modernized. I think moving it into this generation made it that much more appealing. If someone hurts you in any kind of way, speak up. Never stay silent. We are listening and we believe you!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kara Belden

    This is a fantastic graphic novel, but no adaptation will ever live up to the original. Totally worth the read, though!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (YA Love)

    Even after reading Speak at least a dozen times, reading it as a graphic novel still packed an emotional punch. This is excellent and a must-read.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Kristen

    The ending gave me chills.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to Raincoast Books and FirstSecond for sending me a copy of this book! Silence dominates Melinda Sordino's freshman year at Merryweather high school. After a traumatic event at the end of the summer seniior party made her call the cops, ultimately breaking the party up and busting alot of people, she is the most hated person in school. But when the truth comes out about what h Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to Raincoast Books and FirstSecond for sending me a copy of this book! Silence dominates Melinda Sordino's freshman year at Merryweather high school. After a traumatic event at the end of the summer seniior party made her call the cops, ultimately breaking the party up and busting alot of people, she is the most hated person in school. But when the truth comes out about what happened that night, everything will change. Speak is one of my favourite novels so to see it transformed into a graphic novel was great! I still think this is such an important story and I love it so so much. I loved the art style and how spread out the panels were. The lack of colour was also a great part of this graphic novel and really represents the story well.

  26. 4 out of 5

    India

    I remember quite vividly the first time I encountered Speak. It was a book that mattered greatly to me in my teenage/ young adult years. This graphic novel holds up to the original while breathing new life into it. I read it in a single sitting, glued to the page. Way to go Laurie and Emily!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Wow. Emily Carroll's art is the perfect compliment to Laurie Halse Anderson's compelling story, sadly just as relevant and needed now as it was when it was originally published almost 20 years ago. This new format updates the story a bit and will bring this powerful novel to life for a new generation of readers.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I enjoyed this adaptation more than the original book. (I read the two back-to-back.) The adaptation flows along more quickly and Emily Carroll's art enhances the story considerably.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brandee

    Even more powerful and beautiful than the original. Almost impossible to put down. I loved it.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Kristen

    I'm usually pretty leery of graphic novel adaptations, especially books like Speak that I adore, but I had high hopes for this one for a couple of reasons. First--it's hefty...which means a lot of the original story was probably included. Second--it's written by Laurie Halse Anderson, and I knew she would make sure all of the important parts were there. Third, flipping through told me the artwork was dark and the cartoons weren't heavily weighed with dialogue--which, in a story about a girl spea I'm usually pretty leery of graphic novel adaptations, especially books like Speak that I adore, but I had high hopes for this one for a couple of reasons. First--it's hefty...which means a lot of the original story was probably included. Second--it's written by Laurie Halse Anderson, and I knew she would make sure all of the important parts were there. Third, flipping through told me the artwork was dark and the cartoons weren't heavily weighed with dialogue--which, in a story about a girl speaking as little as possible, is pretty important. And I though it was FANTASTIC. Melinda is still broken and spiraling and brave, and Mr. Freeman is still weird and anti-authoritarian and amazing. The artist, Emily Carroll, does an amazing job bringing the story to life, and Anderson doesn't abandon her figurative language and gut-wrenching narrative for a lighter graphic story. In fact, some of the figurative language almost seems MORE powerful because it stands out on the page and reads like poetry. There is a beast in my gut, scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Add to that some dark, creepy drawings and you've got goosebumps. The scene where Melinda sees what has been added to her writing on the bathroom stall is extremely powerful here, as well. I think fans of Speak will enjoy this adaptation, and I think first-time readers will be inspired to read the novel--particularly with sexual assault in the forefront of our society today .

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