Zara White is, as she puts it, hollow. Her stepdad’s dying left her such a shell of a person that if ten times as many letters as she writes to save political prisoners through Amnesty International were written on her behalf, it still wouldn’t be enough to free her spirit.
Desperate to help, her mother sends Zara to stay with family in Maine, where, surprisingly, the rescuers start lining up. There’s Betty, the step grandmother EMT who gives Zara both the space and benevolent wisdom she needs, and there’s Issie, the one-girl welcoming committee who befriends Zara immediately.
And then there are Ian and Nick. Ian, the junior-class president who also plays basketball and runs cross-country, chivalrously walks Zara to homeroom on her first day. Nick gallantly guides her across the icy parking lot, but has a smile that screams, Danger! Stay away!
Ian says Nick is bad news; Nick warns Zara to stay away from Ian. What’s a new girl to believe? Well, judge a boy by what he eats, of course!
That’s why, on page 92, when Nick chooses an oatmeal raisin cookie over an M&M/chocolate chip one, I choose him. Easy peasy; oatmeal always wins. ;) Too bad there’s still that pesky pixie problem to deal with…