Marilyn is not your typical seventh-grader. She writes poetry with ketchup, for instance, and reads the dictionary for fun. At school, she has almost no friends. People taunt her in the hallways, in the cafeteria, and on the school bus. They make fun of her appearance, of her clothes, and of her crush on Artie, a super-cute high school senior who is living with Marilyn’s family for the school year. Every morning, Marilyn wakes up with a sense of dread, wondering how she can get through another day of being the school “freak.” Is there any way she can turn things around, or is she doomed to social misery forever?