by Laurie Halse Anderson
Character Role Analysis
David Petrakis and Melinda have a definite connection. He even thaws Melinda's boycott on boys and makes her want to get past the mistrust that's plagued her since Andy raped her. This potential romance stays safely in the realm of friendship. If Laurie Halse Anderson ever writes the much-requested sequel, we can see if they have any romantic adventures together.