Becoming Nicole

by

Amy Ellis Nutt

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A student in Nicole and Jonas’s class at elementary school. Prompted by his grandfather Paul’s disapproval of Nicole using the girls’ bathroom at school, Jacob thinks it’s wrong that Nicole (who he views as a boy) gets to use the girls’ bathroom when he doesn’t. Consequently, Jacob begins to stalk Nicole, follows her into the girls’ bathroom when she uses it, and calls her a “faggot.” While at first Jacob is disciplined by the school, gradually his behavior goes unpunished and the school focuses on policing Nicole instead.

Jacob Melanson Quotes in Becoming Nicole

The Becoming Nicole quotes below are all either spoken by Jacob Melanson or refer to Jacob Melanson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Becoming Nicole published in 2015.
Chapter 23 Quotes

There was Jacob, staring her down. She knew exactly what was about to happen. The moment the door of the girls’ restroom closed behind her, it opened again and there he was. Later, in the principal’s office, Nicole was told she shouldn’t have been using the girls’ bathroom in the first place, which only made her feel like the school was pointing out: Here are all the normal kids, and here are you.

Page Number: 140
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Kelly and the kids would move to Portland, and Wayne would commute on weekends and holidays to be with them. They’d always thought they were on an upward trajectory in their lives, with success and promotions at work fueling an increasingly better lifestyle, but Jacob and his grandfather Paul Melanson had bizarrely changed all that. Suddenly, Wayne and Kelly were downsizing and their lives were in reverse.

Page Number: 173
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Jacob Melanson Character Timeline in Becoming Nicole

The timeline below shows where the character Jacob Melanson appears in Becoming Nicole. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: A New Adversary
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Soon after, there is an issue with another fifth-grade boy, Jacob, and his grandfather and guardian, Paul Melanson. Melanson believes “men and women [are] not interchangeable”... (full context)
Chapter 20: Freak
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...weeks into the school year, Nicole and her friend are using the girls’ bathroom when Jacob walks in. He calls Nicole a “faggot” and uses one of the stalls. A moment... (full context)
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Mrs. Molloy marches Jacob into Erhardt’s office. Erhardt then speaks with Bob Lucy and Nicole and her friends. Nicole’s... (full context)
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...incident. She is furious, and calls the school administrator, Kelly Clenchy. She and Wayne want Jacob moved into a different fifth-grade classroom and want Nicole, who’s been temporarily barred from the... (full context)
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Over the next few days, Jacob continues to watch Nicole and follow her whenever she’s in the hallway. In early October,... (full context)
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...visit Paul Melanson at his home, but Melanson does not back down. He insists that Jacob should have the same rights as “that boy,” referring to Nicole. Melanson assures them that... (full context)
Chapter 21: The Christian Civic League of Maine
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One day at school, Jacob sits next to Jonas during lunch. Jonas resists the bait, but Kelly and Wayne immediately... (full context)
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The staff decide that they will monitor Nicole and Jacob to avoid any “unplanned encounters” between them. Officer Andy Whitehouse will visit the school to... (full context)
Chapter 22: Defending Nicole
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One day, Jacob joins a game of four square in which Jonas is playing. The two quickly get... (full context)
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A letter to the school from Melanson’s lawyer argues that they are discriminating against Jacob because of his “sexual orientation” because they are letting another boy use the girls’ bathroom... (full context)
Chapter 23: May I Have This Dance?
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...However, gradually she starts to feel as though she is being punished for something that Jacob had done. As the second half of the year begins, Nicole starts to use the... (full context)
Chapter 25: Eyes On
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...ways to ease her own anxiety than plucking out her eyebrows. Still, Nicole is exhausted: Jacob harassed her twice in May, including mocking her for having a “mustache.” She frequently imagines... (full context)
Chapter 38: One Step Back
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...did not harass Nicole, nor was it deliberately indifferent to the harassment she experienced from Jacob. It is a victory for the school board. The Maineses are crushed, but Nicole and... (full context)
Chapter 40: Our Story
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...Paul Melanson. They are determined to keep speaking against gay and transgender rights. As for Jacob, who has moved to live with his mother, he doesn’t have much of an opinion.... (full context)