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Monday, July 18, 2005

Speak: Laurie Halse Anderson

I picked this up at random -- I needed something to read one night and the author's gotten excellent reviews. And holy crap her writing blew me away. It's young adult fiction with a message, and every once in a while I felt like the message was a little heavy. But it's a book dealing with big issues and a very lonely teenage protaganist who's in a lot of pain. So one might expect a little heavy-handedness sometimes.

I just can't say enough about the writing, though. Terribly evocative, and I mean terrible -- anyone who's ever had teenage moments of feeling like the outcast, or deep depression, might find it gut-wrenching. Probably even if you haven't, it's still gut wrenching. Reminded me of Jane Hamilton, too, in that even if the characters find the strength to struggle through adversity, it's not always pretty.


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  • I read this when I was interning in the public library. It blew me away too. You have no idea what's really going on for so long, but just feel this visceral "pain pain pain."

    By evt1618, at 10:49 AM  

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