In this gripping novel, a teenager spends her freshman year silently carrying the paralyzing secret of her sexual assault.
Melinda enters high school as an utter outcast. She called the cops at an end-of-summer party, and the party was busted. Now her former friends and classmates have all turned their backs on her. But what they don't know is that Melinda had good reason to call the cops: she was raped that night. Now she suffers as she hides this heavy secret, trudging through the days in lonely misery and utter silence.
To make matters worse, even Melinda's parents don't seem to have an interest in her life. Melinda finally takes refuge in art class, where a kind teacher offers her a bit of support. When Melinda's former best friend begins to date the guy who assaulted her, it results in a shocking, terrifying turn of events. But will this finally be enough to shake Melinda out of her silence?
Melinda has such a tender, honest, and darkly funny voice that her story will stay with readers long after the last page. Beautifully written and inspiring, it's easy to understand why the book is hailed as groundbreaking.