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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 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 As time passes she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether Only her art class offers any solace and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party she was raped by an upperclassman a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him But this time Melinda fights back refuses to be silent and thereby achieves a measure of vindication In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself


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    THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL1 We are here to help you2 You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings3 The dress code will be enforced4 No smoking is allowed on school grounds5 Our football team will win the championship this year6 We expect of you here7 Guidance counselors are always available to listen8 Your schedule was created with your needs in mind9 Your locker combination is private10 These will be the years you will look back on fondlyI'm trying to think of ways to go about describing this book and I'm not really sure how to start It's dark depressing terrifying and amazing Everyone should read it You might hate it and I'll get to you but you must read it The story starts with Melinda the narrator starting 9th grade Everyone even her old friends won't talk to her It's revealed that during the summer Melinda called the cops on a party and it got busted a few people got arrested and now everyone hates her Something happened to Melinda at that party something she hasn't told anyone about She retreats into herself withdrawing from school her family and any possibility of friendship It isn't until the middle of the story that we learn what really happened at the party but Anderson gives us a big fat hint in this scene where Melinda and her lab partner dissect a frog in biology classOur frog lies on her back Waiting for a prince to come and princessify her with a smooch? I stand over her with my knife Ms Keen's voice fades to a mosquito whine My throat closes off It's hard to breathe I put out my hand to steady myself against the table David pins her froggy hands to the dissection tray He spreads her froggy legs and pins her froggy feet I have to slice open her belly She doesn't say a word She is already dead A scream starts in my gut I can feel the cut smell the dirt leaves in my hairHoly god Remember what I said about the terrifying stuff? The main reason I loved this book is because I was very very similar to Melinda in high school Her attitude about school her cynicism towards the whole high school is the best time of your life crap her opinions about classes and teachers and the uselessness of guidance counselorsthat was me I kind of wished I could transport myself into the story so Melinda and I could sneer at pep rallies together And then I felt bad because nothing bad happened to me in high school Nothing like the stuff Melinda went through She had a reason for being so withdrawn and unhappy and angry about everything I didn't It's sort of an unpleasant realization wow I was a total snot for absolutely no reason I was okay with this eventually but some people might not be I can imagine someone criticizing this story for being too emo or saying that Melinda was too much of a downer Okay I didn't want to give away spoilers but I can't talk about my next point without revealing some stuff So just to be clearHERE BE SPOILERS YOU'VE BEEN WARNEDThen again they could be like a certain reviewer YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE who wrote and I quote I'm so sick of this sic stories about girls who got raped and spend the entire book pitying themselvestakes breath counts to tenApparently Laurie Halse Anderson gets this a lot My edition of the book has an interview with her and she said I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men These are guys who liked the book but they are honestly confused They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped I'mtheywhywhat the fuck I think I need to go sit in a corner and do some yoga breaths be back later Read for Social Justice in Young Adult Literature