“My parents declare that I am too old to go trick-or-treating”

“My parents declare that I am too old to go trick-or-treating” (Anderson 36).

She’s no longer doing activities she did as a child

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“It’s an expensive clan to run with; outfits must be coordinated, crip, and seasonally appropriate” (Anderson 42).

They all dress the same.
“‘I hate you,’ she mouths silently…I bite my lip. I’m not going to think about it…I need to sit down” (Anderson 5).

Rachelle communicates to Melinda by mouthing that she hates her Melinda doesn’t respond and bites her lip and turns away.
“Edit that. Rachelle is with me in the bathroom. She changed her name. Rachelle is relamining her European heritage by hanging out with the foreign-exchange students” (Anderson 20).

Part of growing up is expressing yourself in what you enjoy to do.
“I know enough not to bring lunch on the first day of high school. There is no way of telling what the acceptable fashion will be” (Anderson 7).

Melinda doesn’t know how everyone will bring their lunch. She wants to blend in with everyone else.
“It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing your feelings is a lie” (Anderson 9).

Melinda doesn’t like to/know to communicate.