Friday, 13 August 2010

Top 100 YA Novels (#4)

#4 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (1999)

[660 points - 15 #1s, 13 #2s, 15 #3s, 10 #4s, 7 #5s, 10 #6s, 12 #7s, 9 #8s, 14 #9s, 8 #10s.]

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. Mad Woman in The Forest.com

It's hard to believe that this title was once lolling around in a publisher's slush pile. Highly regarded, richly awarded and beloved - Speak recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Speak follows Melinda as she struggles to voice herself and the event that changed everything. Your number four was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist and also graced the New York Times Bestseller List.

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7 comments:

Robbie (BoywithBooks) said...

I think I am about the only person who has read this book and dislikes it. Random fact.

Robby said...

Robbie, you are insane. Just kidding.
I love LHA. This and Wintergirls are just two of the reasons I love YA as much as I do. Twisted disappointed me, but Wintergirls rocked my world (for lack of a better way to describe it.)
I'm so glad this is as high up as it is.

Critica said...

I think I saw a movie with Kristin Stewart in it based off this book. Never read it though.

Carla said...

i loved this book, i think it handed the situation perfectly, because its one of those storylines that is so fragile, even something minimal could break it all and the way anderson managed this is extraordinary. love it.

Jenna said...

Amazing book, and it definitely deserves to be this high on the list.

Robbie (BoywithBooks) said...

@Critica: Yup, that is the movie.

Lauren said...

I only read Speak for the first time this year, but it's one I'll love forever. Glad to see it making the top five.