Poppy (Emma Roberts) is a spoiled teen living with her single Dad (Aidan Quinn) in Malibu. She is rebellious and when she pulls a wild stunt at the house, her father sends her to an English boarding school to teach her a lesson. The rules drive her crazy, but she manages to befriend four girls, Josie, Kate, Kiki, and Drippy. Meanwhile, she becomes attracted to the headmistress' (Natasha Richardson) hunky son, Freddie. Harriet, the head of the Lacrosse team, also likes Freddie, and when he starts noticing Poppy, this drives her insanely jealous. Poppy is determined to go back to L.A., and thinks that dating Freddie would get her expelled. They go on a seaside excursion, and kiss. Poppy realizes that she is starting to like it at the school, and emails her friend back in L.A. She forgets to log off, Harriet then re-writes the email badmouthing her current English friends, and Freddie. In the morning, the girls, and Freddie receive the doctored emails and shun Poppy. Frustrated, Poppy hangs out in one of the back rooms, she plays with her lighter, and accidentally sets the curtains on fire. She puts it out, and runs out. Later, a fire has broken out in the school, and is subdued. The girls are outside, wondering what's going on. Poppy confesses to the headmistress and is tried under the school court, with the punishment being expulsion. At the trial, Poppy's friends come to her aid, since they discovered that Harriet was behind the email. Harriet objects, and reveals her knowledge of Poppy's lighter being left at the scene, a fact she had no way of knowing. She is found out as the one who re-started the fire and is expelled. Poppy decides to stay at the school, where she belongs.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It is a fun look at an exclusive boarding school, and an entertaining fish-out-of-water story.
Best scene in story:
When Poppy and Freddie drive around in the beautiful English countryside.
Opinion about the main character:
She denies what suits her, fighting her instincts to like her friends, this school, and her new life.