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  • David and Ivy's genuine and unquestioning acceptance of Melinda, a social outcast and supposed 'freak'. Especially in Ivy's case, as we know she was at the party. If nothing else, it's nice to know that not all teens have to be monsters.
  • Melinda's somewhat distant-seeming parents buying her art supplies for Christmas, saying they've noticed she's been getting into art a lot.
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  • In a scene exclusive to the movie, Melinda shows Mr. Freeman her little sanctuary in the old janitor's closet. The sweet smile he gives her really reinforces it. To those who wished Melinda had told Mr. Freeman about what happened to her instead of her mother, this makes up for the trade-off.
  • When Melinda tells Rachel that she called the cops because she was raped at the summer party, the latter is horrified and heartbroken to hear what her former friend went through. Unfortunately, it backfires when Rachel refuses to believe Melinda when she reveals that her rapist was Andy (who is Rachel's current boyfriend).
  • When Melinda writes Andy's name down on the "Guys to stay away from" section on the Bathroom Stall Graffiti, it later becomes clustered with responses from other girls talking about how horrible Andy is. Making it better is that it comes right after Rachel refused to believe her about Andy being a rapist, showing Melinda not all her words fell on deaf ears.
    Melinda: ...I feel like I can fly.
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  • At the end of the story, Rachel calls Melinda to apologize to her. While it's left up in the air as to whether they can ever repair their friendship, it's at least a kind gesture on her part and makes it clear that Rachel isn't a bad person.
  • Moreover, in the end, Melinda is finally able to come to terms with what happened to her and no longer blames herself for Andy assaulting her. When she's able to open up to other people, she describes it as feeling like the block in her throat has melted away. In the book, the person she opens up to is Mr. Freeman, the only teacher who encouraged her to let her pain out. In the movie, it's her mother, who was shown to be concerned for Melinda at several points in the story, especially when she woke her up from her nightmare about Andy raping her.
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