I’ve got another YA I’m sharing quotes from today. But unlike last week’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this week’s book is not happy and fun. It’s raw and heartbreaking and real and totally important.
I’m talking about Lauri Halse Anderson’s Speak (and before you even THINK it, please don’t compare it to the movie version starring Kristen Stewart. That girl couldn’t emote her way out of a wet paper bag. Sorry, KStew!)
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Speak. And since you’ve read past my spoiler warning, I’ll now give you a trigger warning too: rape.
TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL
- You will use algebra in your adult lives.
- Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.
- Students must stay on campus during lunch.
- The new text books will arrive any day now.
- Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.
- We are enforcing the dress code.
- We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.
- Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.
- There is nothing wrong with summer school.
- We want to hear what you have to say.”
“I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside—walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It’s the saddest thing I know.”
“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”