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Speak written by Laurie Halse Anderson speaks on the life of a freshman in high school and all the struggles she has to endure to find inner peace Melinda Sordino has to deal with her new label the hardships of her past and the growth spurt that she hasnt been able to reach Melinda is a social outcast and she doesnt have any real reliable friends On the first day of school Melinda is herded into the auditorium and everyone divides into their little clans She used to be a part of the Plain Janes but she has labeled herself an Outcast Melinda doesnt see the point in finding any of her ex-friends because she knows that they wouldnt be interested in talking to her Her former best friend Rachel Bruin wouldnt even talk to her She mouthed the words I hate you to Melinda Those words hurt her to the core and she tries not to think about what just happenedShe is trying to escape her past but thats difficult because of all shes had to endure so far Melinda ended the summer as bad as an unskilled violinist in a professional orchestra Andy Evans a high school senior raped her outside She had no control and she was drunk Melinda was scared so she called the cops Before the cops came someone slapped her the police arrived and everyone ran Heather persuaded her to go to the Homecoming pep rally When she got there someone recognized her and Melinda was tortured A girl poked her with her nails one girl says that she was the cause of her brother being locked up pulled her hair and slammed her knee in her back The biggest conflict was not reacting to the pain she felt In many instances she had to go through this Biting her lip was the way she refrained from showing her emotions For example during Valentines Day Melinda received a note
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