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Speak Chapter 87

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Chapter 87


  • Back on the home front, Melinda makes egg-salad sandwiches for lunch.
  • Then, she gets to work on the front yard.
  • Mom likes what she sees, and she and Melinda break out the summer lawn furniture.
  • Dad arrives with pizza, and nobody fights at dinner.
  • Melinda falls asleep on the couch watching TV and wakes up after midnight in the dark.
  • She feels like she needs to do something; sleep is the last thing on her mind.
  • She goes for a nighttime bike ride, this time through her suburb, past the houses of her ex-friends, Heather and Nicole.
  • Rachel's house is lit up; her parents are probably waiting for her return from prom.
  • Melinda considers popping in for a visit, but decides against it.
  • She rides like she's flying. She feels like she won't "ever have to sleep again" (86.6).