Introverted and shy, 14-year-old Leah Nells has lived her life alone, with only books to keep her company. As she starts 9th grade, she finds herself lost within the complicated social universe of high school — especially when she falls in love with a boy from her class. Under pressure from her parents, her classmates, and the whole noisy world, can she become the girl she wants to be?
Leah looked at her parents, lost in their own fantasies, and decided that the three of them were a pretty pathetic family – but she wasn’t sure who was more pathetic: the dateless girl spending the night of the big dance by herself in her bedroom, or the parents who foolishly believed a boy would arrive on their doorstep with flowers, a limo, and a promise to rescue their daughter from her solitude.
The Spring tells the story of eight friends approaching the end of their senior year of high school. Preparing for graduation should be an exciting time, but as they look forward to college, fall in and out of love, and just try to survive their last days of high school, they discover the old bonds of friendship that held them together are falling apart. Can their teenage friendships survive their final steps toward adulthood? It’s a little bit angsty, a little bit funny, a little bit philosophical, and a little bit romantic.
Stacey muttered, “But I hate this school, and this city, and the sooner I leave, the better. I want to start over in a new place. I haven’t . . .” her voice trailed off and she looked away from Jason, hoping instead to find her words among the falling raindrops. “Do you ever feel like you aren’t the person you’re supposed to be? That you could be a different person – and have a better life – if things had been just a little different?”