Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite authors of all time. She's with there with the nerdfighteria co-leader, John Green. Anderson has a way with guiding her readers into key plot points and her writing style is magnificent to say the least. I love the way that she finds to communicate these largely unspoken problems in a comedic and understandable manner. Laurie Halse Anderson's writing style to how she constructs the way the narratar would view a conversation and write it down (or print it out with ink). I loved how she added pop culture to Speak, as it is a contemporary novel, it deserves as much attention as the era it was published.
Speak was a book I found out about from watching the movie, and well I only found out about the movie because Kristen Stewart played the main character Melanie(yes, I know I obsessive that is). The movie was impeccable and I really wanted to delve deeper into the story, so I bought the book. I realized that there were minor changes to the screen play and the novel, but nothing major. I loved that about small made films that are book adaptations. Brilliant!
Melanie's character was shady if I didn't all ready know it, so I'm going to talk partly from watching the movie(the first time I was introduced to this story and characters). When Melanie first took that step on the bus and she introduced the reader(me) to all these characters and the way they reacted to her it was, unbelievable. I was flustered and fuming at what could possibly happen. Now, I have to go back to Laurie Halse Anderson because she is a genius. She some how added the just amount of flash backs/ back story with out overdoing it like I think Suzanne Collins did with the Hunger Games series.
Some characters I admired or took an interest in was Heather from Ohio. Heather was one of those characters that you love because of their personality and you hate because of the decisions they make that effect the main character dramatically. She's one of those girls that are trying to fit in the best way a freshman girl can and Anderson clearly displays the opposite of Melanie in the novel. I know some people like Heather and they're not fun to hang around with, so I was glad how her character plays off in the end.
In the end, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a nation wide novel that is taught in school (some places may not) and for being her first young adult novel it was well written and clearly was roaming around in her head for a good few years before it got down to pen and paper(or ink paper/printing). I give Speak a nod of the head, a thumbs up, and a girly gleefully smile that takes a few minutes to completely wash away.