Caroline Sands has never been particularly good at making friends. And her parents’ divorce and the move to Arizona three years ago didn’t help. Being the new girl is hard enough without being socially awkward too.
So out of desperation and a desire to please her worried mother, Caroline invented a whole life for herself—using characters from Felicity, an old show she discovered online and fell in love with.
But now it’s time for Caroline to go off to college and she wants nothing more than to leave her old “life” behind and build something real. However, when her mother discovers the truth about her manufactured friends, she gives Caroline an ultimatum: Prove in this first semester that she can make friends of the nonfictional variety and thrive in a new environment. Otherwise, it’s back to living at home—and a lot of therapy.
Armed with nothing more than her resolve and a Felicity-inspired plan, Caroline accepts the challenge. But she soon realizes that the real world is rarely as simple as television makes it out to be. And to find a place where she truly belongs, Caroline may have to abandon her script and take the risk of being herself.
"Readers struggling with self-esteem, loneliness, and isolation will find a kindred spirit in Caroline; others will find empathy for that classmate who sits alone at lunch." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Older teens and YA readers will readily enjoy this book." (School Library Journal)
"This novel about romantic indecision and starting over at college should please adult readers who enjoyed the show in its heyday, as well as today’s teens for whom it’s a cultural artifact." (Publishers Weekly)
"Although Caroline has a specific set of personal challenges, the difficulties she faces in adapting to her freshman year of college are instructive for any reader looking ahead to the imagined escape of college life." (Booklist)