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Award-winning contempary YA novel written in 1999 by Laurie Halse Anderson, an author famous for writing books of this sort. The book has been the source of some vocal MoralGuardians over the years due to some of its subject matter.

The book centers around a teenager named Melinda Sordino, who's just entered the 9[[superscript:th]] grade. She's not exactly the most popular kid in school, due almost entirely to her calling the police at a WildTeenParty last summer.

After the events of said party, Melinda goes from a bright, outgoing, friendly teenager to a bitter, angry, depressed one. Her grades go down the toilet, her parents are alarmed, and Melinda can't find the words to tell anyone what really happened; eventually, she [[TheVoiceless stops speaking almost entirely]]. The plot mostly centers around Melinda's gradual decline, up until TheReveal, and then her gradual climb out of the hole.

TheFilmOfTheBook was released in 2004, starring a pre-''{{Film/Twilight}}'' KristenStewart in the lead role.
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!This book provides examples of:

* AcademicAlphaBitch: The Marthas, a clique of girls that spend their time doing volunteer projects and gossiping about Andy Evans.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Andy Evans tries to rape Melinda in her broom closet at the climax.]]
* AttentionWhore: How Melinda's [[AdultsAreUseless parents]] interpret her vow of silence.
* BadSamaritan: [[spoiler:Heather.]] It's also implied that Melinda's former friends (minus Ivy, who is still fairly friendly towards her after the incident) were this as well.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Sure, Melinda saved herself from AttemptedRape by scaring the daylights out of Andy Evans and holding a piece of glass to his throat, but then the ''entire girls' field hockey team'' broke down the door with their field hockey sticks when they heard a commotion.]]
%%* BrokenBird: Melinda. She used to be happy and well-adjusted, but at the beginning of the book she's always sad and is completely uninterested in making new friends.
* CassandraTruth: When Melinda tells Rachel what happened to her. Notable in that Rachel ''does'' believe her--until she tells Rachel the culprit.
** [[spoiler: Although Rachel eventually realizes Melinda is telling the truth.]]
%%* CoolTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
* DeadpanSnarker: Despite the fact that she's in the throes of depression, Melinda.
* {{Deconstruction}}: This is basically a live-action realistic version of ''Daria'', showing how a character like that would exist. And boy is it not pretty.
%%* DullSurprise: For good or ill, Kristen Stewart shines in this role.
%%* EatingLunchAlone: Melinda has Heather for a little while, but then she gets friend-dumped.
%%* TheEeyore: Melinda.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Andy seems nice but is an unrepentant monster underneath. One scene even has him stand up for and defend Melinda to protect his image.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** A very subtle example: Melinda becomes attached to a poster of Maya Angelou. [[spoiler:Maya was raped as a young girl.]] It's also a stealth reference to Angelou's novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot until you've read the book more than once, like the turkey bone art.
%%* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel. [[spoiler: Though Rachel becomes less of a bitch when she realizes Melinda was telling the truth.]]
%%* GenkiGirl: Heather.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In universe. Seriously, who was in charge of reading over the cheers before they went public?
* GoodSamaritan: David and Ivy. They're both very nice to Melinda, and by the end she's friends with them.
* HandsomeLech: Andy Evans. According to the graffiti messages in the bathroom, he basically feels up anything with two X chromosomes. [[spoiler: This becomes a ''very'' dark example when it's revealed he raped Melinda at the party.]]
%%* HeroicBSOD: The Book.
%%* HeroicBystander: Nicole, during TheClimax.
%%* HippieTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
%%* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda. Unfortunately, Heather is much less nice about it and basically drops Melinda like a hot potato.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Neck is a complete dick for most of the story and treats his students with absolute contempt and sadism. But he is mostly pissed because he feels his son is being overlooked. There is also the end when he seems genuinely concerned for Melinda's well-being after making her life a misery.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Literature/{{Catalyst}}'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail. Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision when it comes to many high school rapists.]]
* KickTheDog: Heather's "Thanks for letting me move on to more popular friends!" Valentine. What's worse is that Melinda thought it was a genuine one. ''Ouch.''
** There is also Andy making crude remarks towards Melinda in the hallway. [[spoiler:To most people, it looks like him being a ''JerkJock''. But knowing what he did...]]
* LethalChef: Melinda's father is implied to be one, based on the disaster with the turkey. (Her mother isn't much better. She tries to boil it.)
%%* LonersAreFreaks: The reason Melinda is spurned, other than the police-calling.
%%* LovableJock: Nicole.
* MeaningfulName:
** Melinda's last name, "Sordino", can be interpreted in various ways to mean "mute".
** Mr. Freeman, the art teacher. We shouldn't even have to explain that one.
%%* MotorMouth: Heather.
%%* NiceGuy: David, Melinda's lab partner.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: [[spoiler:Andy pulls one of these on Melinda during TheClimax, right before trying to rape her again]].
* PetTheDog: Mr. Neck, a complete and utter bastard to Melinda for the entire story, showing genuine concern for her at the end and calling her by her first name.
%%* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. Neck.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin: Melinda.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Melinda was raped at the party, which was why she called the police.]]
* RunningGag: The school changes mascots at least once a semester.
* SelfHarm: One scene in the book features Melinda scratching herself with a paperclip until she bleeds.
* TheSnarkKnight: Melinda. In fact, she pretty much ''is'' [[{{Daria}} the former trope namer]] PlayedForDrama with a FreudianExcuse.
* SilentSnarker: Melinda, given how she rarely speaks but her sarcastic side shines through all the time during her descriptions.
%%* SternTeacher: Mr. Neck.
* TeensAreMonsters: ''Jesus.'' Melinda's classmates. Heather jumping ship on her. Those kids at the pep rally. [[spoiler: And Andy, the monster who started everything.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Melinda delivers one to Heather after Heather tries to get her to help with prom decorations even though she told Melinda they shouldn't be friends anymore.
%%* ValleyGirl: Heather.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Andy, though it completely disappears when people find out what he did.]]
* TheVoiceless: The focus of the book is Melinda growing out of this.

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Award-winning contempary YA novel written in 1999 by Laurie Halse Anderson, an author famous for writing books of this sort. The book has been the source of some vocal MoralGuardians over the years due to some of its subject matter.

The book centers around a teenager named Melinda Sordino, who's just entered the 9[[superscript:th]] grade. She's not exactly the most popular kid in school, due almost entirely to her calling the police at a WildTeenParty last summer.

After the events of said party, Melinda goes from a bright, outgoing, friendly teenager to a bitter, angry, depressed one. Her grades go down the toilet, her parents are alarmed, and Melinda can't find the words to tell anyone what really happened; eventually, she [[TheVoiceless stops speaking almost entirely]]. The plot mostly centers around Melinda's gradual decline, up until TheReveal, and then her gradual climb out of the hole.

TheFilmOfTheBook was released in 2004, starring a pre-''{{Film/Twilight}}'' KristenStewart in the lead role.
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!This book provides examples of:

* AcademicAlphaBitch: The Marthas, a clique of girls that spend their time doing volunteer projects and gossiping about Andy Evans.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Andy Evans tries to rape Melinda in her broom closet at the climax.]]
* AttentionWhore: How Melinda's [[AdultsAreUseless parents]] interpret her vow of silence.
* BadSamaritan: [[spoiler:Heather.]] It's also implied that Melinda's former friends (minus Ivy, who is still fairly friendly towards her after the incident) were this as well.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Sure, Melinda saved herself from AttemptedRape by scaring the daylights out of Andy Evans and holding a piece of glass to his throat, but then the ''entire girls' field hockey team'' broke down the door with their field hockey sticks when they heard a commotion.]]
%%* BrokenBird: Melinda. She used to be happy and well-adjusted, but at the beginning of the book she's always sad and is completely uninterested in making new friends.
* CassandraTruth: When Melinda tells Rachel what happened to her. Notable in that Rachel ''does'' believe her--until she tells Rachel the culprit.
** [[spoiler: Although Rachel eventually realizes Melinda is telling the truth.]]
%%* CoolTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
* DeadpanSnarker: Despite the fact that she's in the throes of depression, Melinda.
* {{Deconstruction}}: This is basically a live-action realistic version of ''Daria'', showing how a character like that would exist. And boy is it not pretty.
%%* DullSurprise: For good or ill, Kristen Stewart shines in this role.
%%* EatingLunchAlone: Melinda has Heather for a little while, but then she gets friend-dumped.
%%* TheEeyore: Melinda.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Andy seems nice but is an unrepentant monster underneath. One scene even has him stand up for and defend Melinda to protect his image.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** A very subtle example: Melinda becomes attached to a poster of Maya Angelou. [[spoiler:Maya was raped as a young girl.]] It's also a stealth reference to Angelou's novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot until you've read the book more than once, like the turkey bone art.
%%* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel. [[spoiler: Though Rachel becomes less of a bitch when she realizes Melinda was telling the truth.]]
%%* GenkiGirl: Heather.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In universe. Seriously, who was in charge of reading over the cheers before they went public?
* GoodSamaritan: David and Ivy. They're both very nice to Melinda, and by the end she's friends with them.
* HandsomeLech: Andy Evans. According to the graffiti messages in the bathroom, he basically feels up anything with two X chromosomes. [[spoiler: This becomes a ''very'' dark example when it's revealed he raped Melinda at the party.]]
%%* HeroicBSOD: The Book.
%%* HeroicBystander: Nicole, during TheClimax.
%%* HippieTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
%%* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda. Unfortunately, Heather is much less nice about it and basically drops Melinda like a hot potato.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Neck is a complete dick for most of the story and treats his students with absolute contempt and sadism. But he is mostly pissed because he feels his son is being overlooked. There is also the end when he seems genuinely concerned for Melinda's well-being after making her life a misery.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Literature/{{Catalyst}}'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail. Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision when it comes to many high school rapists.]]
* KickTheDog: Heather's "Thanks for letting me move on to more popular friends!" Valentine. What's worse is that Melinda thought it was a genuine one. ''Ouch.''
** There is also Andy making crude remarks towards Melinda in the hallway. [[spoiler:To most people, it looks like him being a ''JerkJock''. But knowing what he did...]]
* LethalChef: Melinda's father is implied to be one, based on the disaster with the turkey. (Her mother isn't much better. She tries to boil it.)
%%* LonersAreFreaks: The reason Melinda is spurned, other than the police-calling.
%%* LovableJock: Nicole.
* MeaningfulName:
** Melinda's last name, "Sordino", can be interpreted in various ways to mean "mute".
** Mr. Freeman, the art teacher. We shouldn't even have to explain that one.
%%* MotorMouth: Heather.
%%* NiceGuy: David, Melinda's lab partner.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: [[spoiler:Andy pulls one of these on Melinda during TheClimax, right before trying to rape her again]].
* PetTheDog: Mr. Neck, a complete and utter bastard to Melinda for the entire story, showing genuine concern for her at the end and calling her by her first name.
%%* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. Neck.
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin: Melinda.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Melinda was raped at the party, which was why she called the police.]]
* RunningGag: The school changes mascots at least once a semester.
* SelfHarm: One scene in the book features Melinda scratching herself with a paperclip until she bleeds.
* TheSnarkKnight: Melinda. In fact, she pretty much ''is'' [[{{Daria}} the former trope namer]] PlayedForDrama with a FreudianExcuse.
* SilentSnarker: Melinda, given how she rarely speaks but her sarcastic side shines through all the time during her descriptions.
%%* SternTeacher: Mr. Neck.
* TeensAreMonsters: ''Jesus.'' Melinda's classmates. Heather jumping ship on her. Those kids at the pep rally. [[spoiler: And Andy, the monster who started everything.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Melinda delivers one to Heather after Heather tries to get her to help with prom decorations even though she told Melinda they shouldn't be friends anymore.
%%* ValleyGirl: Heather.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Andy, though it completely disappears when people find out what he did.]]
* TheVoiceless: The focus of the book is Melinda growing out of this.

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24th Jan '14 8:34:34 PM SpaghettiBoy
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* RunningGag: The school changes mascots at least once a semester.
5th Nov '13 6:54:45 PM cordychase
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%%* BrokenBird: Melinda
* CassandraTruth: When Melinda tells Rachel what happened to her.

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%%* BrokenBird: Melinda
Melinda. She used to be happy and well-adjusted, but at the beginning of the book she's always sad and is completely uninterested in making new friends.
* CassandraTruth: When Melinda tells Rachel what happened to her. Notable in that Rachel ''does'' believe her--until she tells Rachel the culprit.



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%%* EatingLunchAloneEatingLunchAlone: Melinda has Heather for a little while, but then she gets friend-dumped.



* GoodSamaritan: David and Ivy.

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* GoodSamaritan: David and Ivy. They're both very nice to Melinda, and by the end she's friends with them.



%%* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda.

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%%* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda. Unfortunately, Heather is much less nice about it and basically drops Melinda like a hot potato.



* LethalChef: Melinda's father is implied to be one, based on the disaster with the turkey.

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* LethalChef: Melinda's father is implied to be one, based on the disaster with the turkey. (Her mother isn't much better. She tries to boil it.)



%%* LovableJock: Nicole

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%%* LovableJock: NicoleNicole.


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*TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Melinda delivers one to Heather after Heather tries to get her to help with prom decorations even though she told Melinda they shouldn't be friends anymore.
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** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot [[RewatchBonus until you've read the book more than once]], like the turkey bone art.

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** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot [[RewatchBonus until you've read the book more than once]], once, like the turkey bone art.



%%* GenkiGirl: Heather is both this and a MotorMouth.

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%%* GenkiGirl: Heather is both this and a MotorMouth.Heather.



%%* NiceGuy: Dave.

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%%* NiceGuy: Dave.David, Melinda's lab partner.



%%* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. Neck

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%%* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. NeckNeck.
24th Oct '13 10:23:56 AM LadyYuki
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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Sure, Melinda saved herself from AttemptedRape by scaring the daylights out of Andy Evans and holding a piece of glass to his throat, but we can't forget about the ''entire girls' field hockey team'' who broke down the door with their field hockey sticks when they heard a commotion.]]

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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Sure, Melinda saved herself from AttemptedRape by scaring the daylights out of Andy Evans and holding a piece of glass to his throat, but we can't forget about then the ''entire girls' field hockey team'' who broke down the door with their field hockey sticks when they heard a commotion.]]



** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot until you've read the book once, like the turkey bone art.
%%* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel.
%%* GenkiGirl: Heather

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** There's quite a bit of subtle foreshadowing, but it can be hard to spot [[RewatchBonus until you've read the book once, more than once]], like the turkey bone art.
%%* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel.
Rachel. [[spoiler: Though Rachel becomes less of a bitch when she realizes Melinda was telling the truth.]]
%%* GenkiGirl: HeatherHeather is both this and a MotorMouth.



* HandsomeLech: A ''very'' dark example with Andy Evans. From what the bathroom graffti saying, he basically feels up anything with two X chromosomes. [[spoiler: He also raped Melinda.]]

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* HandsomeLech: A ''very'' dark example with Andy Evans. From what According to the bathroom graffti saying, graffiti messages in the bathroom, he basically feels up anything with two X chromosomes. [[spoiler: He also This becomes a ''very'' dark example when it's revealed he raped Melinda.Melinda at the party.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Catalyst'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail. Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision when it comes many high school rapists.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Catalyst'', ''Literature/{{Catalyst}}'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail. Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision when it comes to many high school rapists.]]



** There is also Andy making crude remarks towards Melinda in the hallway. [[spoiler:To most people, it looks like him being a ''JerkJock''. But knowing what what he did...]]

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** There is also Andy making crude remarks towards Melinda in the hallway. [[spoiler:To most people, it looks like him being a ''JerkJock''. But knowing what what he did...]]



** Not to mention Mr. Freeman. We shouldn't even have to explain that one.

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** Not to mention Mr. Freeman.Freeman, the art teacher. We shouldn't even have to explain that one.
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* BrokenBird: Melinda

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* CoolTeacher: Mr. Freeman.

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* DullSurprise: For good or ill, Kristen Stewart shines in this role.
* EatingLunchAlone
* TheEeyore: Melinda.

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* %%* DullSurprise: For good or ill, Kristen Stewart shines in this role.
* %%* EatingLunchAlone
* %%* TheEeyore: Melinda.



* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel.
* GenkiGirl: Heather

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* %%* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Melinda to Rachel.
* %%* GenkiGirl: Heather



* HeroicBSOD: The Book.
* HeroicBystander: Nicole, during TheClimax.
* HippieTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda.

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* %%* HeroicBSOD: The Book.
* %%* HeroicBystander: Nicole, during TheClimax.
* %%* HippieTeacher: Mr. Freeman.
* %%* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Heather and Melinda.



* LonersAreFreaks: The reason Melinda is spurned, other than the police-calling.
* LovableJock: Nicole

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* %%* LonersAreFreaks: The reason Melinda is spurned, other than the police-calling.
* %%* LovableJock: Nicole



* MotorMouth: Heather.
* NiceGuy: Dave.

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* %%* MotorMouth: Heather.
* %%* NiceGuy: Dave.



* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. Neck
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Melinda.

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* %%* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Mr. Neck
* %%* RavenHairIvorySkin: Melinda.



* SternTeacher: Mr. Neck.

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* %%* SternTeacher: Mr. Neck.



* ValleyGirl: Heather.

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* %%* ValleyGirl: Heather.
21st Jul '13 1:39:11 PM CrazyLogic
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Catalyst'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Partially. In ''Catalyst'', which takes place a year after ''Speak'' and deals with another student at Melinda's high school, it is revealed that Andy was found guilty of his crime, but ended up not going to jail. Sadly, this is TruthInTelevision when it comes many high school rapists.]]
19th Jul '13 2:58:11 PM Snowsky
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* AttentionWhore: How Melinda's [[AdultsAreUseless parents]] interpret her vow of silence.
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* AcademicAlphaBitch: The Marthas, a clique of girls that spend their time doing volunteer projects and shopping.

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* AcademicAlphaBitch: The Marthas, a clique of girls that spend their time doing volunteer projects and shopping.gossiping about Andy Evans.
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* AcademicAlphaBitch: The Marthas, a clique of girls that spend their time doing volunteer projects and shopping.
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