Jean Sylvester finds herself at odds with the world, but when she moves house she feels more detached than ever from her uptight mother, distant father and attention-seeking sister. She doesn’t share their interest in the cold, cavernous home, nor her poky attic bedroom. But someone else does.
Leon Mason is a boy whose model looks have won him popularity, the prettiest girl in the class and a bright future; a boy who seems to have everything.
Jean discovers that Leon’s everything is dependent on one thing alone: a mirror. A seemingly ordinary-looking mirror that hangs in her bathroom. At a glance, it’s small and chipped with no apparent value; and it tells her what she already knows – she’s a plain, nothing-special, irritable, fourteen-year-old. So why does it mean so much to him?
On turning the mirror over she finds another looking glass. She sees why Leon wants it so badly: she sees happy families and re-found friendships, love and life. She sees a place where things could be different, better, brighter. If she looks even closer, she can already see herself there. It's all within reach.
But this reflection comes with a price.