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In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is a freshman at Merryweather High School. She has no friends, because of an incident that happened at a party in the previous summer, where she called the cops, and ruined the party. Melinda h

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Yossi Levi 2.12.07 LA 8 Miller Speak - Compare and Contrast the Move and Book In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is a freshman at Merryweather High School. She has no friends, because of an incident that happened at a party in the previous summer, where she called the cops, and ruined the party. Melinda has major problems throughout the novel, due to emotional and physical distress. After watching the movie and reading the book, a bunch of significant similarities and differences stood out. One similarity that is really significant is when someone throws food at Melinda in the lunch room, and she runs away. That is very significant because just like in the book, Melinda does not speak. She chooses to runaway from her problems, and not to deal with them. Another similarity is when David Petrakis stands up for Melinda when she does not want to give out her speech for history in words. ...read more.

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That is very significant, because it portrays what he is thinking and his mindset. Throughout the whole story, Andy does not seem scared that Melinda will tell anyone what happened, and does not abuse Melinda in anyway, besides teasing her. Although, at the end of the story when Rachel blows him off, he knows that Melinda is finally talking, therefore he tries to beat her up, although does not succeed in doing so. One difference that is highly significant is when Andy Evans does not play with Melinda's hair in the lunch room. That makes Andy Evans not look like as much of the freak that he is, and nearly makes him look innocent. That does not fit the story well, since he is obviously not innocent, and it is drawing an image of him as a nice guy who did not do anything bad. Another major difference is how in the movie Melinda's family does not communicate with notes. ...read more.

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That is major, since in the book Melinda almost completely refuses to talk to her mom about her smaller problems. The movie makes Melinda's personality different from her personality in the book. I think that the book was better because of a couple of reasons. One reason is because that book gave more details about the whole story. The movie jumped to certain parts spontaneously, which made it confusing to follow. Another reason is because the book was more realistic. For example, in the book, when David Petrakis asked Melinda to go out with him and his friends, she said no, since she was thinking to what happened the last time she did that. Although in the movie, when David asks her to go with him and his friends to eat chine food, she accepts. This makes it unrealistic since she got raped not a long time before that, and to accept an offer to go out with only boys, is not a realistic reaction from a human being. In conclusion, there are many similarities and differences that are very significant in the two works. ...read more.

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