by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak Isolation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"How can you say this? Why does everyone have that attitude? I don't understand any of this. If we want to be in the musical, then they should just let us. We could just stand on-stage or something if they don't like our singing. I hate high school." (15.5)
Heather is isolated by her new kid status. She's trying to break through into the Merryweather social scene in a thousand ways. We like the idea she has here. Sadly, the Marthas don't value good ideas. They just use and abuse Heather, increasing her isolation.
Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other. I turn up the music to drown out the noise. (16.9)
Melinda's parents' fighting isolates her from them. Part of why they are fighting is because they can see Melinda has a problem, but they have no clue what it is or how to help her.