At school, she has to tutor Danny, a junior who is far more laid back that she. His easygoing attitude and half-smile make her nervous and frustrated - and, though she's initially loathe to admit it, interested. At home, she and her father do the dance of strangers. They live in the same house but barely speak to one another, the distance between them having grown and grown after the loss of her mom. Susie would like nothing more than to feel as though, "just maybe, he might actually have room in his life for [her]," to have a real conversation with him rather than one just in passing. As the story continues, Susie tries to summon up the courage to tell her father and Danny what's really on her mind, and to figure out who she is, with or without others.
Look for the lyrics Susie writes - if only the music played as you turned the page! - as well as a visit to Wonderland on Halloween.
Susie's stories and songs continue in A Little Something.
If you like the sound of this story, you should also check out The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson and Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer.
Read the first chapter of Not Anything.
Read my interview with the author.