On the first day of high school, Melinda stands by herself in the auditorium while the rest of the students talk amongst themselves.
"I am Outcast."
Melinda wants to tell people what really happened to her at the party. She contemplates the situation in the supply closet she has made a home out of, and decides to keep it to herself.
"It is getting harder to talk...I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else...Even if I dump the memory [of being raped], it will stay with me, staining me."
Melinda's only friend, Heather, breaks their friendship. Now, Melinda truly has no one to talk to, so she spends all her time in the supply closet
"We were never really, really friends, were we...You are the most depressed person I've ever met...you can't eat lunch with me anymore."
"You mean we're not friends anymore?"
Melinda's teacher gave her a D for her suffragette project because she refused to present it to the class orally. Her classmate David comments on how communicating with people about something can improve a situation.
"The suffragettes were all about speaking up, screaming for their rights...don't expect to make a difference unless you speak up for yourself."
Melinda is in the school bathroom with her friend Ivy. She writes that Andy Evans is a guy people should stay away from on a bathroom stall. Later on, many other girls write about Andy's attacks there too. Melinda is becoming less isolated.
By the end of the novel, Melinda is less isolated from others, so she is able to speak about the suffering she went through. Other people finally understand what really happened the night of the party.