Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
From the beginning of the year Mel has been an outsider. After a party at the end of the last year went wrong she hasn’t been able to socialize normally and she is stuck fighting herself on what is the right thing to do. Everyone thinks she is just weird and quiet but Mel has a secret and it won’t be easy to get her to talk about it.
This wasn’t a bad book I just didn’t enjoy reading it. Saying that however I can understand how younger teens who are just moving on to high school may be able to relate to some of the things that go on, particularly with friendships and I think that it also gives an important message about speaking up when you have been mistreated.
Due to it’s topic the book is of course quite depressing and it does seem like the main character is moaning but I think a lot of her complaints would be easy to understand if you were moving to high school for the first time again. The other characters in the book do reflect real personalities that you would come across it just so happens that many of them show the negative experience some people do go through.
As I said before though I think this book does provide an important message and should be available to teenage readers.