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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak Guilt and Blame Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

I don't want to be cool. I want to grab her by the neck and shake her and scream at her to stop treating me like dirt. She didn't even bother to find out the truth – what kind of friend is that? (9.10)

Melinda blames Rachel for turning against her so easily, but she never really holds it against her. The other seven or so years they were friends is what Melinda dwells on.

Quote #2

"My brother got arrested at that party. He got fired because of the arrest. I can't believe you did that. Asshole." (12.10)

It's true that people really did get in trouble when Melinda called the police. But they got in trouble because they get caught breaking the law. Nobody wants to take personal responsibility. Much easier to find someone to blame.

Quote #3

I want to confess everything, to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. (24.4)

Melinda is thinking of herself as a criminal here. It takes all school year for her to understand that she is instead the victim of Andy's criminal act.

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