Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.
Often censored because it tells of a rape of the protagonist, Melinda Sordino, and she mentions self-harm. According to Anderson, in almost all the challenges she has heard about, the book remained in the curriculum. In two districts, it was taken out of the curriculum, but remained an option for independent reading.