Michelle is a young teenage girl living in small town America. She has two best friends. Hope is her newest best friend, a girl she can share all her feminine secrets with that she can't really share with her oldest best friend, Bone, because he's a boy. Her best friends call Michelle `Mike'. Most recently Mike keeps thinking about falling in love and meeting the boy of her dreams, whom she refers to as `Him'. It's exciting and natural to talk about all this to Hope but Bone "thinks her hormones are damaging her brain". Of course, Mike finally does meet `Him' and the book explores how this new and important event in a young girl's life can ultimately alter the already established relationships.
The book is a very easy and enjoyable read, but will probably only appeal to teenage girls. It is by no means a challenging book, but sometimes it is rewarding enough to read a book in an afternoon. This book is definitely a good candidate to curl up with on a bleak rainy afternoon with a box of chocolates. It has a lot of humour with a realistic attitude to it. It is not a tearjerker. Neither is it angst ridden.
The characters are well established and the numerous relationships explored on many levels, but not to their full potential. Although the book is written in the first person narrative, I wasn't convinced that the author successfully spoke with a young person's voice. Mike's use of language seemed older, but her reactions were more suited to the young teenage mould.
The cover of the book was not very appealing to me and seemed to have a more 80s feel to the design, rather than a modern 90s look. The drawing of the two boys made them look too similar, which lead me to believe the storyline was to go a certain way. If fact, I made quite a number of predictions about the story, which were all wrong and therefore I found the ending of the book somewhat frustrating.