The Graphic Novel

Book - 2018
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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374300289
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Carroll, Emily - Artist


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In this graphic adaptation, award-winning illustration Emily Carroll captures the dark mood of Anderson's ground-breaking novel about a teen dealing with the aftermath of her sexual assault at a high school party.

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JCLBrittanyC Apr 07, 2020

I know I missed this train long ago, but I’m glad I was able to jump onboard with the graphic edition. What can I even say that hasn’t been said? Wow. This is powerful. For those who might be unfamiliar with the story, Speak follows Melinda who is starting her freshman year of high school as an outcast after she calls the cops at the end of summer party. Little does everyone else know she was raped that night by a fellow student, and that is why she was calling the cops. With no one willing to listen to her or her story, Melinda falls silence for the majority of her freshman year, isolating herself from friends, family, and peers. As I’m sure others felt with the novel, I could not put this one down. There were so many emotions involved in this one that you had to keep reading to find out just what ends up happening to Melinda. It is a heavy topic, but it is so important. If you’ve been wanting to read this one for a while now, the graphic is a great option that conveys just as much emotion through both the images and text.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 15, 2019

Amazing. Anyone who has been ostracized in school will relate.

Jan 27, 2019

Hard read (warning: contains stories about rape) but well done. There are some resources in the back for anyone who needs help.

Dec 13, 2018

Melinda knows high school is going to be tough. Abandoned by her old friends and ostracised by the rest of the students for calling the cops at an end-of-summer party, she goes through her year in a haze, haunted by what happened at the party. But when her ghost comes back to haunt her, will she be able to fight back this time or will she succumb again? While this is an outstanding novel, readers should be aware that the book deals with rape and can be considered a heavy read.

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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