Colie was always outcasted for being overweight, but when she lost a lot of weight, she earned a reputation that she did not deserve. The summer after her freshman year of high school, Colie decided to visit her crazy aunt in a small town. Her aunt wanted her to get a job, so she did at a local restaurant. While working there she learned about the people of the town and what they all thought of each other. She met two girls that she thought she could trust, especially after her past came to haunt her. More than anything, though, she met a boy thought to be as crazy as her aunt by all of the people in town. Colie was afraid to be seen with him and afraid to be seen with her aunt because of what everyone else around them though. Gossip was everywhere and since she'd already been the subject of gossip, Colie wanted to steer clear of anything that could hurt her.
This report prepared by Elissa
Because her aerobics-star mother is taking her famous weight-loss program to Europe, 15-year-old Colie leaves her home in Charlotte to spend the summer with her endearing but uncompromisingly unusual Aunt Mira in coastal Colby, NC. Colie has recently dropped 45 pounds, but unlike her positive-thinking mother, the teen has not succeeded in shedding her negative self-image. With this change of scene, she hopes to escape her role as social victim. Unfortunately, Mira attracts lots of negative gossip. Worse still is the reappearance of Colie's hometown nemesis who continues to spread slanderous rumors about her. Colie feels hopeless until she accepts a job in a restaurant, where two fellow waitresses, both past their high school worries, share their beauty, boy, and life-management secrets with her. The nifty and not-so-nifty relationships between men and women are observed through the eyes of a teen just on the verge of exploring such things on her own level. The love interests are varied, from a deceitful professional athlete for Morgan to a sincere artist surviving as a short-order cook for Colie.
This report prepared by Lisa Demopulos