This story has all the typical things a teenage girl can expect: problems, drama, and of course, romance. However, what makes this book stand out from everyday life is the SIZE of it all. The main character, Brit Hemphill, doesn’t just have zits on her face to worry about, she has a schizophrenic mother who ran away instead of receiving treatment, a father who has married a monster, the monster herself, and the problem of how to get out of her prison: Red Rock. Her once fun-loving, easy-going father has betrayed Brit and sent her to a ‘school’ for rebellious teenagers.
Rebellious? Brit is only defiant against her new stepmother, and even then it’s only in the form of getting out of the house. She gets good grades at school, she doesn’t do drugs. So what if she’s in a band? Who cares if she has red streaks in her hair? These things don’t make her unruly- they’re just a part of her style. In fact, that’s something most of the girls at Red Rock have in common: their situations aren’t meant for them to land in such a place as Red Rock. Or are they? It’s up to the reader to decide ~ and if you’re not the bookworm type, well, this isn’t a very long read anyway.