Josie Alibrandi is an girl from Italian descent who is growing up in Sydney, Australia. Josie is on scholarship at a prestigious Catholic school where it matters what her father does. Josie doesn't know who her father is as she lives with her mum, Christina, all she knows was that her mother had her against her fathers wishes when she was in her late teens. Josie and her mother's lives are interfered with by Nonna Katia, Christina's mother.
Josie's father, Michael Andretti, comes back into Josie's life with no idea that he had a daughter. When he finds out he and Josie decide to have nothing to do with each other.
At school Josie hangs out with her misfit friends, Sera, Anna and Lee. She has a crush on the school caption of their brother school, John Barton. She also meets Jacob Coote, the school caption from the local state school, who asks her out. Jacob and Josie seem completely wrong together but after a few disastrous dates they get together. While Josie is dating Jacob, John Barton starts having deep conversations with her about being depressed.
One day, after getting into trouble at school for breaking a girl's nose, Josie needs to stop from getting sued so she calls Michael who is a barrister to get her out of the mess. He succeeds and they decide to get to know each other better.
One day, when Josie arrives at school she is met by the school caption, Ivy Lloyd, who is crying. "John Barton killed himself."
Josie breaks down completely and feels awful just as the HSC exams are starting for the year. She makes it through the funeral and exams with the help of Jacob, her mother, Nonna (who Josie finds a huge secret about) and Michael Andretti.
This report prepared by Laura B