Angela Hawthorne, a straight-A student and star athlete, has set her sights on Harvard. Unfortunately, her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross-country, and she can't help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Angela's mother, Nora, is similarly stretched to the limit, juggling parent-teacher meetings, carpool and a real-estate career. A few ill-advised moves put the Hawthorne family on a heedless collision course that's equal parts achingly real and delightfully screwball.
13-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. She discovers a dusty old diary in her family's basement and is inspired to unlock its secrets.