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Speak Chapter 77

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Chapter 77

Oprah, Sally Jessy, Jerry, and Me

  • Mom calls Melinda from work to check on her, which makes Melinda happy. She watches TV and imagines what it would be like if there was a talk show about her life.
  • Some possible titles: "Why Seniors Should be Locked Up," and "My Summer Vacation: A Drunken Party, Lies and Rape" (76.2).
  • Melinda isn't sure if she was actually raped.
  • In her mind, Oprah says it was rape. Melinda said "no," and Andy put his hand over Melinda's mouth. Melinda's drunkenness doesn't have anything to do with it.
  • Sally Jessy agrees. She wants to make sure Melinda knows "it was an 'attack'" (76.5). Melinda is not to blame for it in any way.
  • Jerry agrees too, but wants Melinda to speak for herself.
  • Melinda has a headache, a sore throat, and an acid stomach. She wishes she was in a coma.
  • She wishes she could stop the voices in her head. She wonders if Andy raped her brain too, somehow.
  • After taking some Tylenol and eating some pudding, Melinda falls asleep watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.