Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonThe first ten lies they tell you in high school.
Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.
From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.
In Laurie Halse Andersons powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young Peoples Literature.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 2: Describe A Book You Have Recently Read
Describe a famous book you would like to read. You should say: what it is who is the author of this book how you know about this book and explain why you want to read this book. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish. I have a list of books that I want to read and one of the famous books on this list is ' Moby Dick ' or 'The Whale'. This novel was written by an American writer 'Herman Melville'. Without any doubt, 'Moby Dick' is one of the most acclaimed and popular novels of all time.
You should say:. It is a thick, factual book about many different subjects. It is really a collection of information and anecdotes related to our private lives, past and present. The book is mainly about things that have been included in our homes over the centuries. The author started out by wondering about the history of everything in his own home. As it is a factual book rather than a novel , it does not have a plot as such. Each chapter in the book covers the history of a particular room.
The Cue Card
Posted by David S. In this part of the exam, as you probably know, you are expected to speak for about two minutes on a given topic. So the first thing you should do is make a few notes on the topic. Remember — you just have one minute! Instead, write the ideas you want to discuss or the vocabulary you may need.
Describe a kind of book you like. Sample Answer: The history books that express the past world in front of us are kinds of books I really like. I have not read a great number of history books but I enjoyed all of the History books that I have read so far. The history books are fact based books that describe the events, history and significant characters from the past of human timeline. This can be simply a book that depicts the earlier civilisation of the world, can give details of the life a legendary character like Alexander or can simply explain the reasons for a great catastrophic event like the war in the past. Those events and characters come from our past history and are of great importance.
Useful linking phrases are in blue IELTS speaking vocabulary is in bold put your mouse over such text to see explanations. Yes, absolutely! A great way to relax to learn something new is to peruse To read. I'm so addicted to reading that sometimes I can't even fall asleep without an hour of bedtime reading Reading before sleep. No, not really If I have some free time, I'd rather read an interesting book Books leave us a lot of space for imagination, while in movies everything is spelled out for us