“I cry to let everything out” Initially, Melinda befriends Heather, a new girl to the school, but later Heather realizes that Melinda being her friend ruins her social reputation. When Melinda loses her only friend, her depression grows and she begins skipping class. Mr. Freeman and David Petrakis are the only people who notice Melinda’s
The novel Speak was written by Laurie Halse Anderson, which features a girl named Melinda who is starting her first year in high school. Melinda is hated by her peers and seem to have a heavyweight surrounding her. As the story goes on the reader learns that Melinda’s depressive state is because of the traumatic experience of being raped. Throughout the novels entirety Melinda is shown attempting to take control over her life and to get through the school year in one piece. Speak gave many people the opportunity to put themselves in the place of a rape victim.
“Second Chance Summer” by Morgan Matson is a realistic fiction novel telling the story of Taylor Edwards. Despite all she has going on in her life already, their family is given the devastating news that will change their future. Following that, they decided to spend their last summer together at their lake house in the Poconos. Being that the last time they had been there was five years ago, she comes back only to find herself stuck in the middle of lost friendships and relationships. The short, fun days as a little girl that she remembers are now long days spent inside.Dealing with family problems and awkward relationships, Taylor tries to make the most out her summer and takes the second chance to make things right with her family, friends, and lost loves.
Mary Anne is a character in Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carry” and was troduced as a character within the chapter “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”. Mary Anne was introduced as a sweet little girl who was just released from high school. The story describes that when she first appeared in the story that she was wearing a pink sweater and white culottes. Mary Anne was introduced as a very innocent person who really had no place and could not handle herself; However, after some time she begins to go into a descent into madness that seems random and seems as if she was crazy in the first place, but she isn't really crazy in the first place. She is just introduced to a large amount of freedoms that she isn't used to in america and she takes these freedoms like a drug.
For seven years Lamia did not tell anyone her secret, she tried to be a marvelous student. Parents watched as their daughter grew and developed. But then came the surprise news their daughter fell in love with a person. The parents were not waned about it, and waiting when she come home from school. This boy was in her class, his name was Lucas.
The novel “Risk” by Fleur Ferris is about two teenage girls – Taylor and Sierra. Sierra meets a “boy” named Jacob Jones online and agrees to meet up with him but after three days, she still hasn’t come back home and her phone always goes straight to voicemail, Taylor ends up trying to figure out what happened to her. I felt that this novel is what I would call an actual good book, unlike other books, which seem to have a lot of girly romance that isn’t realistic, “Risk” takes it to a whole new level as the whole storyline and situation is terrifying but at the same time realistic and sets awareness because it could happen in anyone’s
The Odyssey and Speak both have many common archetypes. The characters suffer, and they go through rebirth and they also go through a sense of loss. In Speak Melinda was raped by one of her classmates and was keeping it a secret her entire freshman year, in the Odyssey, Odysseus was trapped on Calypso’s island for years and was forced to lay with Calypso. The characters’ rebirth in The Odyssey and Speak are both very similar; Melinda finally realizes it is okay to tell someone if something like that happens to her, and Odysseus finally makes it home and is able to feel clean again, and to be with his love Penelope. In both readings, the main characters go through a sense of loss, Odysseus is physically lost at sea, and is trying to make it back home, and Melinda has lost sense of who she is and doesn’t feel herself anymore.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of popularity is: The fact that something or someone is liked, admired, or supported by many people. Melinda is not very popular in school, in fact she is disliked by mostly everyone. Melinda is a teenage girl who was raped and is starting her freshman year of high school. Throughout the story however she builds her relationships backup. Mel is dwindled down to almost nothing throughout the story, but she is a strong, independent woman.
In Maya Angelou’s “Graduation” she spoke about a fictional character named Marguerite Johnson and her eighth-grade graduation. Marguerite was always kinda of lost and selfish at times, and never look at how others seen things. But as the story goes on Marguerite starts to find herself and understand others. “Graduation” isn’t just about how Marguerite pass on to the next grade but how she has grown from a lost girl to a young intelligence woman. In this story the reader is going to follower her on this surprising journey.
This has affected her actions and way of living her life and even pursuing teenage dreams. Since Susie didn 't arrive for dinner Abigail still kept her hope up that nothing unusual had happened and that her daughter was in safe hands. Successively she started becoming worried and made phone calls to neighbors …”as my mother made phone calls..” (p 55) which shows us that she is upset. The hope of Susie one day arriving back home started fading away as the days went past and additional evidence came through the police indicating Susie being dead. Going through these tough times Abigail couldn’t show affection to anyone as she had done earlier and therefore the relationship between her spouse, Jack, weakened up.
She is credible in using ethos by giving her personal experience as an undergraduate at Stanford, and educational background about leaving home and how being underprivileged at a university where most people are privileged can cause one to think hard about the decision they have made. To a southern black girl who has never experienced life outside of the country living she was used to, to attend Stanford University was not only “frightening but utterly painful” (Hooks 418). In the beginning of the story Bell feels as if everyone can criticize her for choosing to go away for college but she cannot say anything in return.