Speak is a truly remarkable novel. I had to read it for school, and, oblivious to the fact that it is pure genius, didn't want to at first. However, after reading 18 pages worth on the way home from the bookstore, I couldn't put it down. It kept me on my toes. I read it the next day during breakfast- even while brushing my teeth! (Don't ask me how, but I did- honest.) I applaud its combination of wit and seriousness. Although it's about a serious issue (rape), Melinda's sarcasm adds a touch of needed humor. Speak is about Melinda, a girl who was raped at 13 at a senior party last August. She called the cops, and now no one at Merryweather High will speak to her- all except for David, her lab partner, and Heather, an exchange student from Ohio. Melinda is an outcast, choosing not to speak at all- not even to her parents. She tells no one of last summer's incident, and has a few "run-ins" with the Beast himself. This book has believable characters and an enjoyable plot. I highly recommend Speak to anyone looking for a good read. I would most definately read this book again. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because, well, it's awesome! Outstanding job, Laurie Anderson! I can't wait to read more of your literary masterpieces!