The series of texts and tweets above illustrates my interpretation of how the characters would interact if they had modern communication and social media. This scene is the turning point of the novel; Melinda finally shares her sexual assault with her former best friend Rachel, who is dating Melinda's assailant Andy. I represent Melinda sharing her story cautiously and hesitantly, with a long pause between texts before she discusses what really happened with Rachel. Instead of Melinda writing Andy's name on a bathroom stall door under the heading "Guys to Stay Away From," I imagine Melinda turning the phrase into a Twitter hashtag that goes viral among her schoolmates.
In the exchange above, I envisioned Melinda and her friend David Petrakis passing notes in class. David is the first person to become romantically interested in Melinda after her assault, and he is her biology lab partner. He is present when Melinda has a flashback to her assault during a frog dissection in class and passes out, knocking her head as she falls. Over the course of the narrative, Melinda turns down David's invitations to spend time with him, telling the reader that she fears danger now that she is a survivor. This interaction takes place after Melinda's fall. I imagined Melinda inventing an excuse to avoid pizza with David and his friends for the same reason that she turns him down at a different point--her trauma keeps her from trusting men. These notes also illustrate Melinda's social isolation as a result of her trauma, as she loses an interest in day to day high school experiences like hanging out after school.