by Laurie Halse Anderson
I read this book five years ago and could pick it up again at any time. The story centers around high school freshman Melinda who was at "THE" end-of-summer party. Unfortunately, a senior cornered her while she was drinking and raped her. Melinda called the cops, and the party came to a crashing halt. Other students start alienating Melinda, including her best friend who is now dating the rapist, because they don't know why she called the cops. Melinda figures the less she speaks, the better. She almost completely stops talking her freshman year but finds a way to express herself through her art.
This is a beautifully written young adult book that is worthy of the Classic genre it was given. Readers will sympathize with Melinda's awkwardness and will remember the cruelty of high school. A wonderful read for teens and adults alike.
Andrea King, Poplar-White Station Library
Labels: Fiction, Reviews by Andrea King, Young Adult