By: Laurie Halse Anderson


So the main character’s name is Melinda and everyone haters her and has no friends.The reason everyone hates her is because she was at a summer party and called the cops and the cops ended the party. So now at her new school she doesn't go to class she stays in a empty janitor closet that she cleaned up so she can relax and be comfortable. But she is finally warming up to this other character named heather who is smart, athletic, and kind. She tries to get Melinda to get out of her shell but Melinda does not want to move at all.

Character Analysis

Melinda is a freshman at her new school. She has no friends and everyone hates her. She is extremely depressed. And all of her old friends don't trust her and she is lonely.

Conflict/ Resolution

The conflict is character vs self because no matter where she was she was always greaving on the inside.''I was on the ground he was on top of me.. In my head I hear NO I DON'T WANT TO! as clear as a bell but i cant spit it out."(pg. 135)


It’s OK to be someone else then what people want you to be. Do to this it's OK to be different. Because if you went through your day doing the same thing and following the crowd you and your life will be very boring.

Textual Evidence

“Hawthorne wanted snow to symbolize cold, that's what I think. Cold and silence. Nothing quieter than snow. The sky screams to deliver it, a hundred banshees flying on the edge of the blizzard. But once the snow covers the ground, it hushes as still as my heart.”(pg. 130) The reason I chose this quote is because I feel as if no matter what inside us in our hearts we have a blizzard of regret shame jealousy lust and many more. So when that “blizzard” strikes of emotions we just want to hide and not be seen.

Book Review

4 out of 5 stars because there are a lot of good cliff hangers.A lot of stuff don't think that happens but does .The author writes the book in such a way that I don't think any other writer can write.


A Message to the Depressed.