‘It’s easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.’
‘It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.’
Everyone can sympathise with the stress of starting a new school, uncomfortable in your uniform and weighed down with all of the unopened books in your bag. Starting with the sentence is simple yet effective: it gets everyone automatically on Melinda’s side.