By: Laurie Halse Anderson
"A small, clean part of me waits to warm and break through the surface. Some quiet Melindagirl I haven't seen in months. That is the seed I will care for." (Anderson 188&189).
"Her friends scootch down to make room for her. They swallow her whole and she never looks back at me. Not once." (Anderson 107).
Despite having to put up with all that she has, she eventually overcame all of her fears and Andy bedevils her for the last time when she finally fights back, both physically and verbally. She finally realizes that she needs help and confides in the people she felt that she could trust the most.
"This is where you can find your soul, if you dare. Where you can touch that part of you that you've never dared to look at before." (Anderson 10).
"The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up." (Anderson 198).
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. Print.
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