A former member of the Plain Janes, Melinda’s middle school friend group, Ivy is never as cruel to Melinda as Rachel is. In fact, she and Melinda begin to become friends after spending a great deal of time together in Mr. Freeman’s art classroom. Together, they write graffiti about Andy Evans (Melinda’s rapist) on a bathroom wall, and are surprised to see how many other girls have had negative experiences with him. Throughout the novel, Ivy is kind and supportive, helping Melinda to see the good in her peers once again.
The timeline below shows where the character Ivy appears in Speak. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1: Welcome to Merryweather High
Part 1, Chapter 4: Sanctuary
...the radio is playing Melinda’s “favorite station.” A dark spot, however, is Melinda’s former friend Ivy, who refuses to even look at her. This makes Melinda particularly sad because Ivy is... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6: Home. Work.
...She describes its rose decorations and pink walls, and recounts the different ways that Rachel, Ivy, Nicole, and Jessica decorated their rooms when they were in fifth grade. The only things... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14: The Opposite of Inspiration is...Expiration?
...is not satisfied. She recounts that her other classmates have been experiencing problems too (especially Ivy, whose subject is clowns, although she fears and hates them). Mr. Freeman responds to their... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7: Wishbone
Part 4, Chapter 3: Spring Break
Part 4, Chapter 4: Genetics
...of her closet; 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... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 7: Growing Pains
...Although she’s annoyed, she does agree with him. Despairing, she decides that real artists like Ivy belong in Mr. Freeman’s art room, but she does not—nor does she belong with the... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 11: The Beast Prowls
Part 4, Chapter 18: Little Writing on the Wall
Part 4, Chapter 21: Chat Room