Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Year of Publication: 1999
Publisher: Square Fish
Length: 214 pages
Wow, that book was really great. Even though I could not personally relate to this book as I haven’t had the same high school experience as Melinda Sordino has had, her story was still very moving. It will definitely stay with me for a long time.
Melinda is a very strong girl, and though it took her almost a year to speak out about what happened, the point is that she did speak. She was outcast for so long because no one, not even her closest friends or her parents, knew who she really was. She’s extremely misunderstood and frequently ignored or thought as weird/unpopular/not-good-enough, though in the end, things start to get better for her. I think that at the end, she finds herself – the real Melinda who’s been waiting for so long to come into the light again.
Melinda’s story is definitely one worth reading. Laurie Anderson’s writing is amazing as well – she captivates readers in the mind of this isolated teenager who doesn’t know what to do or where to go. While I was reading, i felt like I was Melinda. Even though I have never come even close to experiencing what she has, I still felt like I was doing, feeling, acting exactly like this young, troubled girl. Anderson’s way of writing is very powerful.
It’s very a story that will be hard to forget but, in a good way. This review was super short, but I wanted to post it anyways! Happy reading 🙂