Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak: Part 1, Chapter 23 Summary & Analysis

Melinda reports her grades to the reader; they are generally poor, except for a B in biology and an A in art. She also gives herself a B in a subject she calls “Plays Nice” (she will continue to make up subjects for each following report card).
Even as she receives mediocre grades, Melinda maintains her sense of humor, giving herself a grade in an imaginary subject. This moment also makes clear, however, her lack of seriousness about her bad grades.
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