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by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak Chapter 39 Summary
Model Citizen Heather's a model now. She has a job at the mall. She claims some random woman at the mall offered her the job shortly after her braces where removed. Melinda knows Heather's dad works for the mall. He's probably the one who got her the job. Now, all the Marthas just love Heather, but it's Melinda's company Heather wants at the mall on her first day of modeling. On the way to the mall, Heather's mom asks Melinda if she wants to model. Heather tells her mom that Melinda is "too shy" (39.2). Melinda can see Heather's mom watching her in the rear-view mirror. Melinda can also so how disgusting her scabby lips look, so she covers them up. Actually, Melinda does wish she was a model, like the girl she saw on a recent magazine cover – so beautiful nobody would dare to put their hands on her. But, Melinda's dedication to cheeseburgers might put a damper in her career. Heather, on the other hand, is practically starving herself, and Melinda wonders what this is doing to Heather's brain. It's freezing in the store, and Heather has to wear a bathing suit. The photographer is a weirdo who keeps telling Heather she's "sexy" (39.5). Melinda's throat is very sore, and she needs a nap. Melinda buys some "Black Death" nail polish, which is black with red lines in it. She's been biting her nails to the quick, and they are bloody. So the nail polish will match.
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