It's been a few days since I finished this book and I've been reading a lot since but what I remember of this book was great.
Cassie is an aspiring writer but her lazy sister, her brother's problems with reading, and her dad being gone make it hard for her to keep going. On top of all that her friends turn nasty because her family is having financial trouble. When her teacher assigns a journal she starts a novel, but when she doesn't get any comment on her work she gives it up and starts to write stuff that doesn't matter to her as much. She feels like she is the only one doing anything about any thing at hom and she feels like her teacher does not appreciate her talent. Cassie finally ends up finding a friend in someone her old friends made fun of and finding out that her teacher isn't so bad after all. Her dad comes home and everything turns out fine.
I loved it but if you don't like overly happy endings you probably won't.