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Abigail Packard


Outstanding, Young Adult, Laurie Halse Anderson, Art, Friendship, Rape, Guilt, High School

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Book Review


Melinda Sordino ruined a party at the end of summer by calling the cops and now everyone hates her. But Melinda can’t tell anyone about why she did it. Because who will believe that the most popular guy in school raped a freshman nobody at a party? Shunned by everyone at school, Melinda trudges through the school year, failing at everything except her art class. Art is what helps Melinda say what she wants to say without using words. But as the school year continues, Melinda realizes that she has to speak. And when she’s confronted by that same guy in a similar place, this time Melinda doesn’t hold her voice back.