Monthly Archives: April 2019

Keeping your mental checklist up-to-date when moving neighborhood as a family can be pretty difficult – particularly when you have kids to run around after. Even if you’re just moving a few blocks down the road, there will still inevitably … Continue reading


Reiki is an ancient practice that originated in Japan to release tension, bust stress, and bring about relaxation for providing healing of the body and the mind. If we were to translate the two terms “Rei” and “Ki” from Japanese … Continue reading

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How To Save Money As A Family Even if you’re a family who loves nothing more than a film night or playing video games until the sun comes up, running a family home can be incredibly expensive. School trips, busted … Continue reading

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Is your house stuck in a style more befitting of times gone by? Has it lost the appeal it had when you first moved in? If so, then it might very well be time for you to give it a … Continue reading

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Book Author:
Laurie Halse Anderson
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Publishing Date:
May 10th, 2011
Square Fish
Date Read:
March 12st, 2019


The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

"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.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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Speak is one of those books that I read a long time ago, and I recently reread after reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s new book, Shout. I really enjoyed that book, so I really felt that it was time to go … Continue reading

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Cancer Prevention: 5 Ways to Reduce the Risk There were 17 million new cases of cancer worldwide last year and research undertaken by the charity Cancer Research has estimated that there will be 27.5 million new incidences of cancer each … Continue reading

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Seven Simple Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Property Curb appeal is one of those things that can feel a bit elusive for homeowners. As you drive through various neighborhoods, there will always be those houses that speak … Continue reading

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8 Ways To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal The appearance of your home will look that much better when you take the time to care for the outside. If you are unsure about what you can do this article can … Continue reading

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The Author in Your Child: How to Inspire Literary Creativity in Kids Most habits that turn into lifelong skills are incorporated in children at an early age. This is not to say that playing the guitar is out of the … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship When in a relationship, cracks can start to appear over time. Whether you have begun arguing with your partner or their bad habits are causing problems, it’s important to be open and honest … Continue reading

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