The progressive petri dish of Forest Alternative’s middle school is stirred the wrong way when sophisticated, tongue-ringed Stacy makes the scene. Almost immediately, Stacy takes advantage of the school’s relaxed and experimental atmosphere to start a little excitement. For reasons known only to herself, she begins to insinuate that Simon, the 8th grade‘s idealistic, good-looking young teacher, is in love with Alex, Friction’s mild mannered first person narrator. Embarrassed and infuriated, Alex tries to squelch the gossip, but only manages to make herself look more guilty to her classmates. When she finally confronts Stacy, Alex is horrified when Stacy tearfully admits the real reason she’s been spreading rumors. Confused and half caught up in Stacy’s stories herself, Alex makes the mistake of trusting her shifting feelings instead of what she knows to be true, irreparably harming her admired teacher in the process. Alex’s quest to discover the definition of truth is a journey every young person makes.
–the above synopsis is semi plagiaraized, with permission, from Jennifer Hubert Swan’s review on Amazon.com