Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started
sleeping in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so
packed with junk, newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful
items from the Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the
front door. Her father is no help, since he''s always with That
Woman. To top it off, she''s failing math.
So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a
ride home, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself by
accepting - and even talking! She doesn''t have to think twice
about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha''s house, or
about continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.
Tabitha and her mother are understanding - and willing to go
along, for the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie''s lies start
piling up and the opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away.
Until the day Junie''s world - and her mother''s - is literally
turned inside out for everyone to see, and Junie and her mother
must face the consequences of her mother''s illness... and the lies
they both told to hide it.