Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week: Speak

FCPL Staff: Faythe
Favorite (almost) Banned Book:Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak was one of the first teen books I ever read as an adult. I had to read it for a class and could not believe how amazing this book was. I was absolutely blown away by the way it was written. I felt what Miranda felt. Even though this book was published over 10 years ago, it's still in news. I was upset to learn that Miranda's rape was equated with soft core porn. This book has to stay on shelves so it can help girls who may have gone through the same thing. In a recent Huffington Post opinion piece, Anderson tells of a letter she received from a girl who shared her story:
"I found Speak in the youth section of the public library when I was in 7th grade. I had experienced sexual assault and I was a cutter, and I had walled myself off so much not much could reach me. But this book did, i was grateful for the honesty and a voice besides my own to say the things i was feeling, things too scary to tell my mother or my friends. And considering the situation outside of myself, gave me perspective to see ME beyond that pain."

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