Like Ivy, David Petrakis becomes an ally of Melinda’s, after beginning the year as her biology lab partner. Generally considered a genius, David is also a principled and moral person, qualities that he displays when he protests Mr. Neck’s racist and bigoted remarks about immigrants. David acts in a friendly way towards Melinda, and may even show romantic interest in her, despite her hesitance and mistrust around people, particularly men. He also helps her to join in his fight against Mr. Neck by silently protesting the tyrannical teacher in front of the whole class, although he tells her that she needs to speak out for what she believes.
David Petrakis Quotes in Speak
The Speak quotes below are all either spoken by David Petrakis or refer to David Petrakis. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar Strauss Giroux edition of Speak published in 2011.).
Part 3, Chapter 8 Quotes
I rock, thumping my head against the cinder-block wall. A half-forgotten holiday has unveiled every knife that sticks inside me, every cut. No Rachel, no Heather, not even a silly, geeky boy who would like the inside girl I think I am.
David Petrakis Character Timeline in Speak
The timeline below shows where the character David Petrakis appears in Speak. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 17: Blue Roses
...real microscopes, rather than “plastic Kmart specials.” She also describes her lab partner, the brilliant David Petrakis, whom she comments will be “cute when the braces come off.” Melinda recounts David’s... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5: First Amendment
Part 2, Chapter 8: Peeled and Cored
...class, Melinda is studying fruit. The students are instructed to dissect an apple, and while David Petrakis dissects his specimen perfectly next to her, the smell causes Melinda to flash back... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9: First Amendment, Second Verse
Part 2, Chapter 16: Dead Frogs
Part 3, Chapter 8: Cutting Out Hearts
...Ms. Keen teaches a class about the literal birds and bees, Melinda frantically wonders whether David has sent her the card. She chews her thumbnail so hard that she begins bleeding.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 18: Stupid Stupid
Part 4, Chapter 2: The Wet Season
...that the seniors are about to find out their college acceptances and rejections, and that David Petrakis is writing a computer program to track the results, so that he can analyze... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 4: Genetics
...she considers moving in there “full-time.” She realizes that her leaves look good—“Ivy was right.” David, meanwhile, is drawing a family tree; Melinda decides to draw a family stump. She comments... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 8: Gag Order
Part 4, Chapter 9: No Justice, No Peace