Lauren Allen's life is the pits. Bobby Taylor's just jilted her. Her ninth-grade teachers are demerit-crazy. And she has to share her bedroom with messy younger sister who wants to be a stand-up comic, while her older sister seems to get everything she wants. Between her parents, her two sisters, and school, Lauren feels she's got no rights at all. But then Lauren takes a course, "Law for Children and Young People, " and meets Zack, an eighth grader who's "nice and attractive and bright and funny." Suddenly Lauren realizes that there are solutions to her problems. She can protest unfair polices at school. She can stand up to the kids who call her a cradle robber for going out with Zack. And she can sue her parents for malpractice… can't she?