Later, when Melinda works up the courage to open the note, she finds out it is not from David at all.It is a note from Heather, thanking Melinda for understanding that they cannot be friends anymore. She wanders around town, takes the bus to the mall, and ends up just waiting for school to get out so she will be safe to go home.
Hey, maybe we can tutor kids at the elementary school.
Neck: My family has been in this country for over 200 years. We fought in every war, from the first one to the last one, paid our taxes and voted. Like them, Melinda is willing to stand up for what she believes. Jack Sordino: All I know is that last year I had a sweet loving little girl and now she's flushing her grades down the toilet?
She thinks it might be from David Petrakis, but she is afraid to open it.
Thrilled with the idea that somebody may actually like her, she draws pictures with David in biology.
One day at lunch, Heather takes Melinda to a corner of the cafeteria, away from the Marthas, and delivers a break-up speech: “I think it’s time for us both to admit that we......different.” Although Melinda has never been very enthusiastic about Heather, she is desperate to keep her only friend. She tells Melinda they cannot eat lunch together anymore.
On Valentine’s Day, Melinda sees a heart-shaped note taped to her locker.She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. David: The constitution does not recognize different levels of citizenship based upon the time spent in the country. I mean, we kinda paired up at the beginning of school when I was new and didn't know anyone and that was really really sweet of you. What I'm suggesting here is maybe if we had closed our borders in 1900 then real americans would get the jobs they deserved. I mean it's a good story especially when Hester and that guy fall in love. I mean, you could, you could paint a wet muzzled dog... Rachel: Fine, but, I thought we were all supposed to have opinions here. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether.The first ten lies they tell you in high school."Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school.She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let The first ten lies they tell you in high school."Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school.