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  • They also made it look kind of empty at the same time, with tiny lockers lining the walls and bare ceiling tiles and boring floors

    • by Joelle

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      The book Speak was adapted into a movie that really is better than the book. Both are a little confusing and slow, but the book really is worse. It is alright with the story, and the girl trying to get over being attacked and all, but it just kind of drags on and on, and you can tell that it was written by an adult without really that much knowledge of the real high school today.

      The characters are all a little phony, they act even more obnoxious when people do at school these days, and they aren’t very realistic. There are a few things that were pretty real, like how

      new kids tend to pair up with the outcasts, just because they need someone to sit next to during lunch, and how friends tend to split up during the merge from middle school to high school.

      Something else that I really liked about this movie was the way the school was decorated. They did a good job of making the school actually look like a school with all kinds of posters and things like “don’t drink and drive” all over the walls. They also made it look kind of empty at the same time, with tiny lockers lining the walls and bare ceiling tiles and boring floors. It almost captured the ...

      • prison-like feeling you get when you go to school.

        But other than that, the acting was fake, the costumes were out-dated, and nothing seemed very real at all. Other than Kristen Stewart the kids acted very fake, not like real high school kids at all. They were all totally unsympathetic, and they had extreme “cliques”. In real life there is no such thing as these totally separate groups. Except for certain people, most kids have friends from every circle of kids. It was very annoying.

        Also, the book made me feel really bad for the main character. It made her seem like the kind of person who always has bad stuff happen

        to her, and it never really made me feel any better in the end. She was always getting food on her shirt and just having to live with it, or having people be mean and make fun of her. It was really heartbreaking.

        One of the things that really bugged me was the way the parents acted, on minute they were all concerned about her, and the next they acted like she didn’t exist. And her classmates were very unsympathetic, even when news of her attack came out, they did acknowledge it a little, but not much at, leaving her feeling almost as alone as at the beginning of the novel.

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