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YMMV: Speak
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory/Faux Symbolism: Hairwoman lives and breathes these tropes when she studies The Scarlet Letter believing that there's a symbolic meaning behind every last detail Hawthorne added.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The novel as a whole, given the recent #Yes All Women tag on Twitter, and the discussion about how women have to put in a lot of effort to avoid rape.
    • Laurie Halse Anderson has blogged about real-life teen rape incidences that have ample Karma Houdini and make you lament humanity.
  • Implied Love Interest: Very, very vaguely implied with David, Melinda's lab partner and one of her only true friends. It's more prominent in the book, with a few cute moments on Valentine's Day and mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.
  • She Really Can Act: Kristen Stewart, since this was her first film role before Twilight. Stewart in an interview mentioned that she had trouble finding roles as a child actor because she's serious, and kids have to be funny on television.
  • They Just Dont Get It: Most of the male readers of Speak. Laurie Halse Anderson in the Tenth Anniversary edition remarks on how a shocking amount of these readers didn't see why Melinda was so upset, or what Andy had done wrong. These letters inspired her to write a later book Twisted, from a teenage boy's point of view when he is accused of rape, though in that case he was innocent.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Melinda having to draw trees for her art class.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Made fun of through the English teacher's opinion of The Scarlet Letter.
  • The Woobie: Oh, Melinda...

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