The foreshadowing presented several times in the story reinforces the mystery and the intrigue in the reader as it discovers and resolves the conflict and causes of it. In the beginning of the book, Melinda expresses what she has “been dreading”; she is the “Outcast” and the only person “in the entire galaxy [she is] dying to tell what really happened” (Pg. 3, Paragraph 3; Pg. 4, Paragraph 2.) and whom she trusted all her life, Rachelle, Melinda’s best friend until 8th grade, hates her to death. For this reason the reader can infer that something inconveniently awful occurred since there is a very sudden shift in their friendship that caused not only their total isolation, but also, feelings of anger and resentment. The author does this to emphasize a sense of interest, charm and curiosity as a hook to capture the reader’s attention from the beginning to build up the plot in the story. Equally, later on in the book, there is a shocking event when Melinda gets trapped
Bibliography: Halse Anderson, Laurie. Speak. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print.