Blog Post #4
First Marking Period
Acting, Dinner Theater, Blue Roses, Student Divided by Confusion Equals Algebra, Halloween, Name Name Name, The Marthas, Nightmare, My Report Card
Well into October now, and so far, Melinda is doing a decent job flying under the radar. One of the things keeping her from being totally isolated is her friendship with Heather. I was especially struck by Melinda’s wish that she could get her room to reflect her as a person, even if it’s just a fraction of how Heather’s room screams out, “Heather!”. But she knows that she can’t make that wish come true when she can’t stop acting. As long as she is acting, she doesn’t have to face the monster, but she also can’t really be herself. Her self-preservation is so strong, that it makes the real Melinda fade into the background. Her parents try the old tried and true methods to make her talk to them and pull her grades up, but she is beyond all that. She is a different person than she used to be, and her parents haven’t noticed it yet.
In Blue Roses, we meet David Petrakis. He quickly becomes one of my favorite characters, but more about him later. I feel like Student Divided by Confusion Equals Algebra could have been written for me. That could have been the subtitle if I was going to write about my high-school years. Anyway, the real pain is this chapter comes from Melinda’s reaction to Rachel helping her with the equations on the board. Just that one paragraph is filled with so much isolation and pain.
My favorite sentence in Halloween has to be, “Why is it that you never see a kid dressed as a groom on Halloween?” Easy to skip over, but take the time to go back and really think about it. Why do so many little girls dress as brides or princesses and not that many little boys dress as grooms or princes? I would love to know what you all think. If you are reading this and have an opinion, please leave a comment and let me know!
And names. Oh names. They can define us, but they can also be used to harm and belittle, and box people neatly into corners. Not that different from the clans from the beginning of the book.
And the Marthas. Again, brilliant lampooning by Anderson here, but what affected me even more was Melinda’s pain, so close to the surface, but she won’t let it out, she won’t share it. And then, we are introduced to IT. The Nightmare, the cause of all Melinda’s pain. So now we know that she has to face that pain every day. She must be so terrified.
Lampooning- Satire. : specifically, a harsh satire usually directed against an individual.
*All definitions taken from Merriam-Webster