The Role Of Peer Pressure In Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak

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Peer pressure affects teenagers because they feel like they have to do it and they are expected to do something that they don’t want to. I feel that in “Speak” Laurie Halse Anderson is practically saying that peer pressure is everywhere and a lot of people do it. In the story, Melinda was pressured into drinking, having sex, and skipping class (Halse). I have been pressured into skipping class a few times, but I have never done it. Melinda and I have both been pressured into skipping class (Halse). Consequently, when Melinda was pressured to have sex , she did not want to do it, but the guy made her, so it wasn’t her choice (Halse). It would have been better if Melinda never went with him in the car or just stood with her cool friends

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