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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak Chapter 76 Summary

Home Sick

  • Melinda feels like she needs to stay home from school and pamper herself with ice cream and nail polish, so she plans ahead.
  • That night, she doesn't eat, and in the morning she blackens her eyes with makeup.
  • She's surprised when Mom takes her temperature. She actually has a fever.
  • When she tells Mom she's feels sick, Mom says, "You must be sick. You're talking" (75.6).
  • Mom realizes this isn't a nice thing to say. She apologizes and says, "It's nice to hear your voice" (75.8).

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