Joy is a tomboy who loves playing basketball. She is best friends with KayLee and Jack. Everything is normal and fine until she starts middle school. Suddenly her body is betraying her; she gets boobs and her period. And she starts noticing boys! One boy in particular catches her eye, Santiago. Joy wants him to notice her so she starts changing to catch his attention. She tries makeup and heels and skirts, but nothing seems to make an impression. Jack and KayLee both warn her about changing for a boy, but it isn’t until she sees Santiago with a girl who looks just like she used to that she understands.
You could not pay me enough money to go through puberty again. I wasn’t a basketball star like Joy, but pretty much everything else she goes through I remember with horror. Middle school is a horrible time in your like, but Nikki Grimes captures it wonderfully in this novel in verse. the poems transport you back to those wonderful (horrible) years with your life was ruled by hormones and you had no idea what betrayal your body was going to bring on next.