The Question and Answer section for Speak is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Melinda thinks that Miss. Keen could have been a famous scientist or doctor: instead she is stuck teaching Junior High.
Heather wants to join the musical drama group. Melinda tries to gently point out that she doesn't have the social connections or the talent to do this.
Heather's room looks like "a commercial for vacuum cleaners". The carpet has vacuum cleaner lines all over it. She has lilac walls with a few artsy pictures on them.