How is Melinda Sordino suffering from post traumatic stress disorder? What effects does it have on her?

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In the novel, the main character Melinda Sordino is indeed suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. This struggle is the biggest conflict the character has to over her, and she is in a bad way until she finds an outlet which allows her to slowly overcome her sadness and anger...

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In the novel, the main character Melinda Sordino is indeed suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. This struggle is the biggest conflict the character has to over her, and she is in a bad way until she finds an outlet which allows her to slowly overcome her sadness and anger and come to terms with what happened.

Melinda's struggle with PTSD is most obviously seen with her inability to articulate what has happened to her. This is what the title of the novel refers to. The art she creates in school eventually allows her to deal with her emotions regarding what happened to her, which was a date rape. At this point, she is able to "speak" and tell others what took place.

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