Kim, Cricket, Nora, and Ruby were the best of friends and popular during their sophomore year of high school. In eighth grade Kim and Ruby started a notebook entitled The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them. Cricket and Nora added things to it as they moved into sophomore year. During sophomore year Ruby was dating Jackson Clark, and then Kim stole him away from Ruby. Then when Kim was away the weekend of the big dance and Jackson asked Ruby to the dance, and he kissed her. They were caught and then Kim, Cricket, and Nora hated her and treated her as a leper. So as the first few months of juinor year unfold, Ruby has to deal with being and outcast, with her only friends being Meghan and Noel. She starts to become friends with Nora again after pictures of her with out her top on pop up around school and Ruby defends Nora. She also has to deal with whether she likes Noel or Angelo (the son of friends of her parents). On top of that during November week she finds out that Kim is coming back from Tokyo, and is planning on taking a trip to Canoe Island that she and Nora are on. Ruby is also seeing a shrink named Dr. Z, because she's having panic attacks with everything that is going on in her life.