I read this book last week, but haven’t posted about it because I wasn’t sure if I should. I do not really like writing negative reviews. But I am, it seems, the only person on the Internet who did not enjoy this book. It was a good way to waste a couple of hours, but it did not move me in any great way, the characters did not engage me at all, and the writing was just ordinary. There were moments when I felt like it could rise above its blandness, but it never quite did. And all the characters felt like caricatures to me, although I did enjoy Melinda’s tentative friendship with Ivy and the art teacher. I don’t know, perhaps the hype is to blame for my feelings of disappointment and being completely underwhelmed, because for years I have been hearing what a wonderful, emotional, insightful book this is and I just … didn’t feel it. At all. I am not really one for reading young adult books that are not written by Francesca Lia Block, so perhaps my general apathy toward the genre itself was part of the problem as well. All I know is that after I finished “Speak”, I felt nothing in particular. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t enjoy it and most importantly, I was able to immediately dismiss it from my thoughts and it had no lasting impact. What I want most from books is to be left thinking and feeling long after the final page is turned. I did not get that here.
But, on a happier note, I absolutely loved "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson.
And the request: I have a huge amount of Patricia A. McKillip and I am excited to read, but I have no idea where to start. She has written so much! If you could tell me your favorite book by her and why it's your favorite, I would appreciate it very much.