Louise Rozett, and the first book in her Confessions series. Rose Zarelli is starting her freshman year at Union High School, and if you thought your high school days sucked, there is a good chance Rose's freshman year tops that. Practically the whole town is walking on eggshells and the faculty at school are treating her like she's fragile because her dad died over the summer; he was an engineer, and when he lost his job, he went to Iraq on a contract with the military. He was riding in a convoy when they went over an IED.
Her mother has been in shock since she got the call, and is completely distant. Her brother is off at college and he seems to have changed, too. Rose is angry. She's cynical, irritable, and everything seems to be going completely wrong this year. It's not just her family, either - her best friend, Tracy, is a fashion-conscious cheerleader on a quest to be popular. Rose doesn't really give a shit whether or not she's one of the "cool kids." She doesn't understand Tracy's new obsessions with partying and losing her virginity to her jerk jock boyfriend, Matt. She doesn't seem to understand anything that any of her classmates find interesting or cool or fun. But whatever.
And then, there is Jamie Forta. She used to have a crush on him, back when he played hockey with her brother. Seeing him again, maybe she still likes him. He seems interested in talking to her, maybe being friends, but there's no way he could be into her - she's not pretty, and she's pretty much his complete opposite. I mean, she's an AP student, and he's in remedial English. He got kicked out of hockey for high-sticking another kid, and he's still apparently kind of a badass. Nope, no way a guy like that would be interested in a girl like her. Oh, and there's also the fact that he's dating a cheerleader - Regina. One of her ex-best-friend's new best friends. Regina's psychotically jealous and kind of a bitch, and has convinced herself there is something going on between Rose and Jamie; so of course she makes it her singular ambition to make Rose's life hell.
Things kind of spiral way out of control, as you may have guessed. So yeah, Rose is angry. She's sorta pissed, actually. How can you not become completely irate, enraged, furious...when your life is falling to pieces all around you?