Character List and Analysis Heather

A new girl from out of town, Heather is the opposite of Melinda in many ways. Unlike Melinda, Heather does not accept her role as outcast and does her best to win popularity by ingratiating herself with various groups at school. She is self-centered and unable to see that she uses Melinda (the same way Melinda uses Heather) to avoid facing the fact that they're both friendless. Heather fails to grow, however, and while Melinda is able to reconnect and create genuine friendships, Heather continues to try to win people's favor through superficial means.

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At the end of the novel, what is the final touch that Melinda adds to the picture of her tree?


What does it mean to be effacing? (From Adams's The Education of Henry Adams)