2. When Melinda is at the pep rally, someone identifies her as the girl who called the cops on the party in the previous summer. Then, suddenly, everyone notices her. "A block of ice freezes our section of the bleachers. Heads snap in my direction with the sound of a hundred paparazzi cameras" (Anderson 28). One girl calls her a rude name and yanks her hair, another digs her knees into her back. By the end of the pep rally, she is knocked down three rows of bleachers. I think Melinda doesn't report the harassment to school officials because she is too scared to, because of what she did at the party and what had happened afterwards. I don't think she wanted to get any more people in trouble. Usually people are supposed to report bullies to the school - but many people don't, which I have been prone to do. They are way too scared to do so, for fear of what will happen to them later. That is why many people are still bullied when they could have stopped it.
6. When Melinda visits Heather on Columbus Day, Heather begins to recite her plans again to join a musical. Melinda retorts by saying that "We are nobody" (Anderson 34). Heather is deeply frustrated about that, not understanding why everyone in the whole school has her attitude and how in high school you have to be in a popular clique to get into a musical or other club. Heather wants to be popular, no doubt, and is getting very angry about the fact that, even after trying, she is still a nobody. Melinda doesn't help with the fact and has a way different attitude than Heather.
7. Heather's and Melinda's homes are completely different. Melinda has absolutely no closeness with her parents, rarely talks to them, and tells them about nothing going on in her life. As discussed in the previous chapter, the only communication they have most of the time is notes on the refrigerator. Heather's home seems to be a lot better, her family a lot more optimistic and involved in Heather's life. "Heather's mom acts very excited to see me. She makes us mugs of hot chocolate to take upstairs and tries to convince Heather to invite a whole group of friends for a sleepover" (Anderson 32). However, Melinda's parents seem to care less.
8. Melinda's parents react very negatively about her grades, which is understandable. Her dad yells at her to get her grades up, but her mom tries very hard to be nice about it, but fails as Melinda doesn't want to listen. They begin to shout in anger as Melinda leaves. "Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other. I turn up my music to drown out the noise" (Anderson 36). I am the one in charge of my grades, so if something like that would happen to me my parents would probably warn me to get my grades up and then do something more drastic. But that's just a guess, as I have never gotten lower than a B in my classes. My parents would be concerned about my grades, but probably not as much as Melinda's parents are.
13. I don't think Melinda will continue keeping silent about the party. The book is called Speak, which implies that she'll say something, and I think Melinda is tired of keeping it inside of her. However, I think she will tell someone by the end of the book, even though she is too scared to do it now. "You don't understand, my head voice answers. Too bad she can't hear it" (Anderson 28).