The year is just about the only framework there is to this agreeably gossipy, wholesome family story. April is the narrator, and it's herself she talks about most during this, her sophomore year, which she recognizes as probably the most adolescently trying she'll have to undergo. Then there's her older sister Buff, pretty, practical, and almost always in love; her silent, independent, older brother Paul; Larry, her silly, slightly bratty younger brother; and Susy, the baby, as well, of course, as their almost always patient parents. There's also the next door neighbor whom she spies on but who comes to give her some helpful advice, the popular boy on whom she has a crush, and the boy she wishes would go away, and the dead relative who starts her brooding on life, death, and God. Like any year, some interests get taken up and develop, others just disintegrate. April tells her story nicely, and while she's not very memorable, she's easy to get along with.