Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


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...

Details Speak

Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherFarrar Straus Giroux
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Favorites, Fiction, Comics

Reviews Speak

  • Lola Reviewer
    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 ...
  • 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 ma...
  • David Schaafsma
    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 1997 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 t...
  • 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.
  • 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. ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    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 charac...
  • 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.
  • Scott
    "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 SordinoPowerfully 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.
  • Rachael
    uh, so that was amazing. also my first five-star read of 2018!full rtc
  • 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.)
  • Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
    I was clearly not the target audience for this.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Kara Belden
    This is a fantastic graphic novel, but no adaptation will ever live up to the original. Totally worth the read, though!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Gary Anderson
    When I learned a few months ago that Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 YA classic Speak was being adapted as a graphic novel, I assumed it would be just that, an adaptation. The new version of Speak is more than that though. Way more.Speak: The Graphic Novel is still the story of Melinda, a freshman who was raped at a party and is now ostracized at school because she summoned police to the party. The art teacher is still here, and the tree is still ...
  • 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.
  • Jennifer
    I love this book in graphic novel form. The illustrations are amazing. My only complaint is that in my copy, some of the pages were missing and another part was repeated, but I can find it in a bookstore and read the part that was missing. I still give this 5 stars.
  • Mandy
    Trigger Warnings: rape, cutting, brief mention of an eating disorder, and severe depression (all of these are very intensely shown)4.5 crownsAnd now I'm over here BAWLING. My heart hurts so badly. Wow, this was a powerful novel. I honestly don't even have any words that can do justice to this novel, the message that it sends, and how deeply moving it is. My emotions feel as if they have been churned into a blender, and I can't even figure out how...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    The images add so much to this important story.
  • Becca
    I’m ugly crying. This was so beautifully done. Thank you for this adaptation, and if others are in the works, I can’t wait for them. Thank you.
  • Brandee
    Even more powerful and beautiful than the original. Almost impossible to put down. I loved it.
  • Alexandra
    i remember reading speak when i was in high school and really being affected by it. it contained such a serious topic that i hadn't really ever read about at that point before and to this day i remembered the gist of the story, even though it had been so long since i'd read it. once i found out that the original had been made into a graphic novel, i knew i had to re-visit this novel in this new format and see if it was as impactful as i remembere...
  • Jennifer
    Speak is one of my favorite books of all time. When I found out there would be a graphic novel adaptation, I was excited but also nervous. Would the artwork capture all the things I envisioned in Melinda? I was totally blown away by the results, and so glad that Laurie Halse Anderson entrusted Emily Carroll with this project. It's beautiful & breathtaking - a must-read.
  • 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.
  • Stella (Paper Wings)
    This was an impulse buy at the half-price bookstore, but it was so worth it! I guess I kind of broke the golden rule by reading the graphic novel version first, but I'll definitely be putting the original on my TBR. The illustrations are very expressive and imaginative, and the story is gripping and fulfilling. This is a very dark, difficult book, but if you're in the right mindset it's beautiful.(content warnings: rape, assault, victim-blaming, ...