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Norman Vincent Peale once said "Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them, you will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have." In the book Speak, Melinda a young girl just beginning her first year of high school has some obstacles from her past, destroying her future. Melinda was faced with the unfortunate affects of being sexually abused and it holds her back. Melinda goes through many different stages before all of the pain goes away. Melinda's greatest obstacle is growing as a person; throughout the book she overcomes this by developing socially, academically, and emotionally. Melinda has found her voice over the course of the bok and grows socially because of it. In the beginning Melinda was a social outcast. She didn't have any friends, she wouldn't talk to anybody and she hurt herself by keeping it bottled up inside. People did not like her because she would not speak up: “Aren’t you the one that called the cops at Kyle Rodgers’s party at the end of the summer? . . . . My brother got arrested at that party. He got fired from his job because of it. I can’t believe you did that. Assshole.” (Anderson 27 – 28). This proves that Melinda is a social outcast and people around her don't like her. However by the end of the book, Melinda grows and becomes a social teenager. She talks to Rachel, her old bestfriend, and isn't known as the girl who called the cops at the party anymore: “I didn’t call the cops to break up the party . . . I called . . . them because some guy raped me.” (Anderson 183). This proves that Melinda developed enough confidence to tell Rachel what happened to her last summer. All in all, Melinda has learned that speaking up is much better than not speaking at all, helping her socially. Melinda has not only grown socially but she has grown academically as well. Furthermore Melinda has improved in her academics, and aims to do better in her classes. In the beginning, Melinda didn't care about school. She wasn't...
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