After her parents' divorce, Mclean and her father haven't spent long in any one place. They both are experts at moving in and then leaving before lasting attachments are made. Mclean even changes her name and persona with each new place. However, something about this new move is different. Mclean uses her own name. She starts making friends and realizes that she really would like a place to call home.
In a bittersweet coming of age story, Sarah Dessen explores the effects of divorce on the child caught in the middle. She also reveals the necessity as well as the risk of human relationships. Mclean is a strong, but confused teenage character and many teen readers will connect with her journey toward self-discovery.