by PauNav
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“It's easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.”

“IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding.”

"Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”

“THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL1. We are here to help you.2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.3. The dress code will be enforced.4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.5. Our football team will win the championship this year.6. We expect more of you here.7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.9. Your locker combination is private.10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.

TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL1. You will use algebra in your adult lives.2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.3. Students must stay on campus during lunch.4. The new text books will arrive any day now.5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.6. We are enforcing the dress code.7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.9. There is nothing wrong with summer school.10. We want to hear what you have to say.”

Ever wonder what it's like to be an outcast? Have you ever just not cared?



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