War affects everyone, even those not fighting in it. This has never been truer than during the Vietnam War, a time where new generations began questioning the ethics and motives behind war and began challenging those in authority. Living during this chaotic time is seventeen-year-old Rachel Morelli. She has grown up near Kent State University, where her father teaches, and she knows the campus like the back of her hand. The only problem is she has no desire to spend the rest of her life there. She has dreams of attending Pratt University in New York and taking its top-notch art program.
The Ugly Teapot is a novel about 14-year-old Hannah Bradbury, a girl who is mourning her father’s death. Hannah's father, Gil Bradbury, was a famous photographer who explored and captured the wonders of the world while Hannah’s mother stayed home with Hannah and her two younger brothers at their house in Green Park, Tennessee. Gil was Hannah’s role model, and it seems like she has lost him forever after his death. However, Hannah soon finds out that may not be the case.
Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In is the story of Saffron Wilson, a fourteen-year-old freshman. Saffron works at Robi’s Flying Saucer Drive-In, a restaurant her parents bought, and is saving up for a trip to Paris. She lives in Antoninio, a town that is anything but ordinary. Every year, a carnival comes to town, stationed right beside the drive-in. At school, Saffron meets Clair, a peculiar girl who travels with the carnival. The story intertwines Saffron’s past and present through flashbacks to her previous summer spent at her aunt’s house.
Jessie Holmes’ entire world has flipped upside down. Things have never been the same between Jessie and her dad since her mother died six years ago, but never did she imagine ending up where they are today. Her father has remarried a rich woman in Los Angeles, where Jessie and her dad move to at the start of her junior year of high school. Here, Jessie attends Wood Valley High School, a prestigious, expensive school where everybody seems to be spoiled brats. Despite these circumstances, Jessie still manages to make friends- and enemies too.
Somewhere in the Middle is a story about Everly Sayers, a 17-year-old girl who has given up on high school boys and is focusing on her friends and family. That is, until Roone Thorsen arrives in school and flips her world upside down.
Neither Roone nor Everly want to be in a relationship but are constantly being asked out. To counteract this, they decide to be in a fake relationship and convince everybody they are a couple. But as Roone and Everly grow closer, they become more and more invested in their relationship.