Samantha has an alcoholic dad. But her dad won't admit it, and her mom acts like it's ok. With promises that he'll change, he then goes out and does it again. Thank goodness she has her three best friends by her side, but they don't know about it. So she writes letter to some random girl, where they exchange the notes in a book. Another thing is, Sam has big boobs, and she's in 8th grade, where boys can be obnoxious, loud, rude, and mean. While telling her story to this girl with letters, she's trying to keep her brother Luke safe, and also herself. But it doesn't turn out too well, so her dad goes into rehab. And she herself goes and gets drunk at this party with some guy she's been kissing in the library. Then the person she's been exchanging letters with is not who she thinks it'll be. Even though this book was written from the point of view of a younger girl, like 13, it was still pretty good. It was sad though, especially the part where her dad is durnk and smashes a bottle into Luke's face. I just wish these drugs and alcohol parents weren't real! But they are. Sadly. But it was a good book.