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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #1

Her eyes meet mine for a second. "I hate you," [Rachel] mouths silently. (1.11)

This hurts, especially since Melinda and Rachel have been best friends since around kindergarten. Melinda never returns Rachel's hatred. In fact, love and care for Rachel motivate Melinda to talk about being raped.

Quote #2

It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say. (3.13)

Melinda spends much of the book fighting to disprove this though. We think she succeeds What about you?

Quote #3

Siobhan: "She's creepy. What's wrong with her lips? It looks like she's got a disease or something." (21.17)

Siobhan, apparently, isn't mean to Melinda because other kids don't like her, but because she doesn't like the way Melinda looks. By talking about Melinda right in front of her, she shows that she doesn't think Melinda is worthy of any respect.

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