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The most memorable quotes for me have to do with Melinda's major conflict and its eventual resolution. Many connect directly with the title. The first is the last sentence of this quote:
It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say. (9)
Quite moving when you consider the title of the novel is Speak. Equally moving in that regard, is the final conversation of the novel. Again, it is the final sentence that will remain one of my favorites.
Mr. Freeman: "You've been through a lot, haven't you?"
The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up.
Me: "Let me tell you about it."
A phenomenal last line of the novel, most appropriately called Speak.
I maintain the following: Want to read a great book about teenage angst? Don't read Twilight. Read Speak.
There are any number of memorable quotations throughout the book. Some of Melinda descriptions are her throat, lips, and inability/lack of desire to speak certainly stand out in our minds.
However, some of my favorite quotations in Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak come from Mr. Freeman, the art teacher. In many ways, Mr. Freeman says and represents all the things Melinda wants to do and be. His optimism and "sunshine" help pull Melinda from the brink. Among his more memorable lines:
“You must walk alone to find your soul.” (p. 118)
“Art is about making mistakes.” (p. 122)
“Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting.” (p. 153)
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