Beverly Johnson, a bright, sensitive Boston high-school senior, must cope with the aftermath of her involvement with the school's drug dealer, who killed two of her friends. While life at school is miserable, Beverly's already uncomfortable relationship with her father and young stepmother offers her little support. Her sessions with a good-humored psychiatrist slowly force her to deal with her guilt about her mother's suicide, her father's remarriage, and her friends' deaths. Beverly's troubles are also eased by her new boyfriend. At the story's close, Beverly is looking forward to college, working in an ice cream store, and enjoying her family. Given the enormity of her situation, the neat resolution of Beverly's problems strains credulity. However, the funny, contemporary dialogue and a boyfriend who is a dream come true will appeal enormously to readers who want their own problems neatly and entertainingly resolved.