How do you come clean when your life is a mess?
Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started sleeping
in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so packed with junk,
newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful items from the
Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the front door. Her father
is no help, since he's always with That Woman. To top it off, she's
So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a ride home
from school, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself by
accepting — and even talking! But as they approach her house, her parents
are outside, screaming at each other. Junie doesn't have to think twice
about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha's house, nor about
continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.
Tabitha and her mother are understanding — and willing to go along, for
the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie's lies start piling up and the
opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away. Until the day Junie's
world — and her mother's — is literally turned inside out for the world to
see, and Junie and her mother must face the consequences of her mother's
illness ... and the lies they both told to hide it.