Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Available At: Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (MS), DCC (HS), Eagleview, Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek, Rampart, TCA, Timberview
Categories: Cursing, Politics, Sexual, Violence
Description: A teenage girl has difficulties in school and home after keeping her sexual assault a secret. (Also in Graphic Novel Format)
YA Label?: Sometimes
Notes: This book contains profanity; alcohol use involving minors; controversial social commentary; self-harm including anorexia, and suicidal ideations; sexual activities; and sexual assault.
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Page 3: “Trojan means condom, and that wasn’t a strong abstinence message he said. Better the devil you know than the Trojan you don’t, I guess.”
Page 243: The illustration on the top of the page depicts a couple kissing. The woman is pushing the man’s right shoulder back as his right hand is reaching under her shirt toward her left breast.
Page 252: “We are THE HORNETS, HORNY, HORNY HORNETS!!!…”
Page 345: The illustration on the middle upper area of the page, depicts a man pulling up a woman’s dress. She is pushing his right chest away. The illustration on the upper right of the page depicts the same couple described above. The man has his right hand on her left breast as her face looks toward the audience in disgust. The text on the page reads: When she told him to stop humping her on the dance floor, he ignored her.
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