Saturday, April 3, 2010
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA Fiction
Page Count: 198
Why I read it: sounded good
After Melinda goes through a traumatic and violent incident at a summer party, she calls the cops and becomes a social outcast. Her freshman year is a disaster. As time passes, she stops talking--except through her paintings in art class. Her healing process has just begun when her perpetrator attacks again. Only this time, she doesn't keep silent.
When I checked this book out from the library, I honestly wasn't expecting a whole lot. But this is one of those books that really brought out the emotion in me. No, I can't relate to the main character. My life hasn't been perfect, but I certainly never went through the things she went through.
And although I didn't really find Melinda likable, I'm fairly sure I wasn't supposed to. Even so, I felt like the author did an incredible job writing this character. The secondary characters were a little one-dimensional at times, but I think that too was purposeful on the part of the author. I really felt like I was seeing the way things were through the eyes of a high school freshman. Not necessarily any of the kids I knew when I was in high school, but I'm certain there were kids out there who felt like Melinda did.
I would highly recommend this to fans of YA lit, especially girls, and more especially young girls. In fact, I'm having my daughter read it. It's not a happy book, and at times it's hard to read, but I think it's a good one for young girls to read. The only note of warning is that I read the 10th Anniversary Edition, and there was a short part at the beginning with little bits of what readers had wrote to the author, and it gave a little bit of a spoiler. Probably anyone who has read reviews of this one already knew what was in the spoiler, but I didn't, and I'm not sure if it would have been more impactful had I not known what exactly caused Melinda to withdraw and become silent.