Emily knew she was going to have a horrible summer. Her parents got divorced, and her mom made her move all the way across the country to Rancho Rosetta, California. Her dad is going on tour with his band, her best friends are going to camp all summer, and her life is basically over. And to top it all off, her mother signed her up for a summer girls volleyball team, and Emily is totally not athletic.
But it turned out she wasn't the worst player on the team, like she thought she'd be. Millicent Min was even worse than she was. And when Millicent was so brave when everyone laughed at her, even the coaches, Emily knew she had to meet her. They were best friends almost from that very moment. It was like they were twins who'd been separated at birth. They liked all the same things, and pretty soon they were spending all their time together. And the best thing about being best friends was that they could tell each other absolutely everything, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Or at least that's what Emily thought was happening. She was being totally honest with Millie. She even told Millie how totally hot she thought Stanford Wong was. He was tall and gorgeous and a basketball star-the only seventh grader on the A-team. Plus, he was really smart-he was tutoring Millie in English. Emily knew she'd do anything to be his girlfriend!
But people aren't always who they seem to be, who they say they are. What will happen when Emily realizes that Millie, Stanford, her mom, her dad, and even the other girls on the volleyball team aren't at all that she thought they were?
This booktalk was written by university professor, librarian, and booktalking expert Joni Richards Bodart.