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by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sordino Timeline and Summary
Melinda starts her freshman year at Merryweather High with no friends and a terrible secret. Melinda discovers Mr. Freeman's art class, which will be the silver lining in the cloud that is her school life. Melinda discovers an abandoned janitor's closet at school, and she converts it a home-away-from home. A boy Melinda calls IT scares her, and we suspect the boy did something bad to her at the end-of-the-summer party. Melinda gets a bad report card, and her parents are mad at her. Thanksgiving Day is awful, but Melinda makes an awesome sculpture out of the bones of the turkey. Mom and Dad give Melinda a sketch pad and charcoals for Christmas. She's touched because they've noticed that she's been drawing, but can't find the words to express it. Melinda has another run in with IT, who we learn is named Andy Evans. Melinda gets another bad report card and starts skipping school. After she shares in school suspension with Andy Evans, she starts attending all her classes again. Heather tells Melinda she doesn't want to be friends anymore, and Melinda takes it hard. Melinda turns down a date with David Petrakis. That night she faces the memory of what Andy Evans did to her. Readers learns that he raped her at the party. In the spring, Andy Evans and Melinda's ex best friend Rachel start dating. This inspires Melinda to start talking about what Andy did. One day, Melinda decides she won't hide in the supply closet any more. While she's cleaning it out, she's attacked by Andy again. She breaks a mirror with her turkey bone sculpture and uses a piece of glass to stop Andy from hurting her. On the last day of school, Melinda begins to confide in her art teacher, Mr. Freeman.