This is one of my favorite young adult books. The first time I read it I was in grade school and it was only the "older kids" in 7th and 8th grade who had dances, so the very thought of going to a dance was scary. Then this book came along and suddenly a new can of worms was opened-I was supposed to have a date to the dance?! Luckily, none of us ever went for the whole "date for the dance" thing, but this book prepared me for what I might have had to endure.
Janet is a very realistic and likable character. She has real flaws and it feels like you're reading about your next door neighbor. A great book that I would highly recommend-especially before you attend your first dance!