In the First Marking Period, Melinda is entering high school with no friends and no self-esteem. She has a dark secret that no one knows or understands. This secret creates conflict for the entire story, but it also causes Melinda to suffer for the majority of her freshman year.
Her struggle is felt through the tone and mood of the book because of Anderson's use of devices such as figurative language. Figurative language uses different types of comparisons to create vivid images the reader will understand. These images help the reader feel what the characters are feeling by engaging the senses.
Here are some examples from the first section of the book:
A metaphor compares two unlike things. When you use a metaphor, you speak of one thing as if it were another.
- "Our clan, the Plain Janes, has splintered and the pieces are being absorbed by rival factions" (4).
- "I stand in the auditorium, a wounded zebra in a National Geographic special" (5).
- "My room belongs to an alien" (15).
- "My bed is sending...
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