As days pass by, Melinda feels more depressed, she begins to cut herself, remain in silence, and skip classes. The only one subject that she does well in it is art. In art, Mr. Freeman tells Melinda to turn the trees into a piece of art, which she tries to express her pain on her art work. Soon, she becomes friends with her lab partner in biology, David Petrakis, who encourages her to stand up for herself.
Melinda and her parents meet with her guidance counselor to improve her poor academic performance and try to get Melinda to talk. Her parents think it is because Melinda wants