In the passage, Melinda explains what she see’s happening when notes are passed around. This could determine that she is observant and believes that the notes shouldn’t be taken as seriously as if they were to speak with each other.
Love and betrayal are feelings. Most would believe that you aren’t taught feelings; If you are it’s from experience and life. What Melinda faces here is the love for past friends and the betrayal of them towards her. She most likely had just admitted her feelings, while still hiding them.
It could be Melinda wants to understand these feelings a bit better. Maybe instead of the science teacher to teach her about the feelings she’s experiencing, Melinda could recognize in what ways she feels them and why.
What Melinda needs to understand is that the common everyday feelings she lacks, is replaced with sorrow, depression, and negative vibes just from her everyday life. Her feelings would be easy to understand if she hadn’t been this way; although the causes of her feelings aren’t because of her.
It’s probably hard for Melinda to understand because of her condition of arguing parents, low grades, no friends, and barely a self esteem. She doesn’t focus on what she feels; she only focuses on what she can do to survive.
These feelings are normally recognized by many of us. We can remember them and at times give to others. To lack these emotions is a flaw that only some may have. A flaw that Melinda has to deal with.