closet is a haven for her hide from her new, traumatized existence, her bedroom
is a symbol of the childhood innocence that she has lost. Adorned with pink roses, the room looks like a child’s, and throughout the novel, Melinda feels out-of-place and uncomfortable within it. Of course, all high school students sometimes feel uncertain and scared about growing up. Melinda who has had her childhood ripped away from her by her rape, is even more terrified than most. She hates her room because it demonstrates that she is no longer a child; at the same time, she refuses to decorate it, because that would entail actually admitting that she needs to mature and move forward. At the end of the novel, however, Melinda asks her mother whether she can redecorate (though the book ends before she actually does).