After reading Wintergirls, I determined to never read another book by Anderson. I finally decided to read Speak, since it is her most popular book.I was amazed and touched by Melinda's struggle with what happened in her past. I connected to her instantly, and I feel in love with her instantly. Every girl needs to read this book. Rape is treated like a disease, and the author wrote with maturity and elegance on a touchy, nasty subject. Anderson smartly hinted how Melinda's personality was warped by the event, and over time, the audience can see her gaining the courage to open up about her attack.I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!