|This was Caroline B. Cooney's first published book.
Popular high school sophomore Marnie MacDonald loves her life. Then her parents break the news: They’re moving to North Carolina. And that’s not even the worst part. The MacDonalds are moving with their best friends, the Petersons—including their son, Lucas, a boy Marnie can’t stand. In the blink of an eye, her world is uprooted. She has to leave school, her friends—all the things that matter most. And how’s she supposed to get along without her boyfriend, Joel, the super-cool jock who would have taken her to his senior prom? But something starts to happen after she leaves the city and “goes back to the land.” She discovers a world she never knew existed—a whole new way of life. And the biggest shock of all? The boy she thought she hated is growing more and more appealing. Too bad Lucas doesn’t have a clue how Marnie feels. Or does he?