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The first theme is adolescence and the hardships and desires that come along with it. There are many cliques in high school and Melinda feels like the outcast because she is not part of a group. Some that Melinda listed in the novel were "Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders" (4)
Another theme in this novel is fear. Melinda expresses fear throughout the novel. She goes through her everyday life without speaking to anyone or expressing any emotion. She is afraid that people will not believe what she has to say about the night at the party so she decides to keep all the information to herself.
The next theme in this novel is growth. In the beginning, Melinda would refer to the boy that raped her as "it." She would not mention his name or talk about the incident at all. Then, finally on page 90, it stated, "I turn around. They are talking about IT. Andy. Andy Evans. Short stabby name." Melinda then doesn't inform the readers about the night she got raped until page 132. This shows growth of Melinda's feelings because she's slowing coming to realization of the event and that it happened.
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