Rose is a precocious high school freshman trying to reach adulthood as quickly as humanly possible. Her family sits on the lower end of the middle class, but she has solid plans to rise above her lot. In the meantime, Rose is struggling to find where she fits in and to balance whom she wants people to think she is with whom she really wants to be. She feels like two entirely different people and revels in her success at keeping these two personalities so perfectly separate, with the understanding that she needs them both to survive. “There’s Rose McGee, and then there’s me.” Rose has a chance meeting with an older boy that leads to her involvement in his social group. The ensuing months take her on a roller coaster ride of experimentation, emotion, and self-discovery. Amidst the sometimes humorous and quite often dangerous situations that result, Rose meets her first real love. However, racial, age, and economic differences complicate the relationship. The closer she becomes to this very unique young man, the more difficulty she has keeping her individual personas separate, and the two halves of Rose begin to merge together, with some interesting consequences.