by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
Sometimes my mouth relaxes around Heather, if we're alone. Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze. What is wrong with me? (24.3)
Heather and Melinda's relationship is rocky, but this thought shows that Melinda is actually more comfortable with her than she admits in her snarkier moments. We can also see that some of Melinda's speech problems are involuntary, beyond her control.
He says a million things without saying a word. I make a note to study David Petrakis. I have never heard a more eloquent silence. (27.24)
Silence isn't all bad for Melinda. It's one of the things she's learning about her freshman year. She admires it a little too much at times, and David gives her lessons about that too. David knows when to use silence and when to speak up.