What if you were raped and nobody knew about it? In the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda was raped and she didn’t tell anyone. Before school started Melinda was at a party and she was drunk. She was raped in the woods that night by an older boy, Andy Evans. She called the police and she was blamed for calling the police on the party because she never told anyone she was raped. Through many different events and people Melinda changes from being shy to feeling confident. In the beginning of the book Melinda was very shy and self conscious. Since everyone thought she called the police they didn’t want to be friends with her so she was going into high school with no friends. This made her very shy and she just minded her own business. On the first day of school Melinda was getting on the bus and she didn’t know where to sit. She thought if she sat in the back she would get made fun of but if she sat in the front she would look like a little kid. She chose the front because she doesn’t want to walk down the bus isle past her friends because they were mad at her. She was being shy and didn’t want to make up with her friends. This also happens at lunch because her old friends didn’t want to sit with her so she was going to sit with another new girl Heather but she didn't get the chance to. She thought, “I am Outcast” (Anderson 4). She didn’t want people to judge her on where she sat so she was debating. At lunch she was walking back from buying her lunch and a basketball player threw a Ho-Ho at her and it landed on her lunch tray and got mashed potatoes and gravy all over her shirt. She threw her lunch out and her face turned red when she hurried quickly out of the lunch room. Melinda describes, “I hurried so fast out of the lunchroom the track coach would draft me for varsity if he were around” (Anderson 8). She was humiliated and now this caused her to act shy and have no friends. As you can see, Melinda used to be very shy...
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