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  • Based on a Dream: Anderson had a dream of a girl crying and she based Melinda off of that girl.
  • Reality Subtext: Another inspiration for the novel came from Anderson's own experience with being sexually assaulted as a teenager.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: A few details give away the fact that this book was published in 1999. For one thing, when Melinda is sick and has to stay home, she watches TV and sees the talk shows that were big at the time, including Oprah, Jerry Springer, and Sally Jesse Raphael. There are also no references made to any kind of social media, as cyberbullying is not a part of the story.