Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak: Part 2, Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Merryweather High holds Job Day, which Melinda mercilessly mocks. After taking an aptitude test, she is given a bewildering array of options that include “forestry” and “mortuary science.” Heather, meanwhile, is delighted to be told that she should become a nurse; she plans her life right then and there, and Melinda marvels at her certainty. She can’t think about a career until she “get[s] out of ninth grade alive.”
Job Day, of course, is a somewhat ridiculous event to Melinda because she doesn’t truly believe that she has a future. This lack of ambition or forward-thinking is only more apparent when Melinda compares herself to the driven, over-enthusiastic Heather.
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