A coming-of-age story with a slight twist: Bernadette “Bernie” O’Brien is an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who also happens to be blind. All she wants is an average share of happiness but instead, her life is like a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet, down.
Full of hope and promise at the start of the school year, Bernie soon encounters challenges that seem insurmountable: betrayals, deceits, and bullying not only from her peers but from her teachers, as well. She yearns to be accepted and quickly discovers the social perils of in-crowds. She starts to succumb to self-doubt, eroding self-confidence, and low self-esteem.
With as much humor and grace that she can muster, she eventually discovers that she does have friends and companions who are genuine and who have her best interest in mind. And she realizes that they’ve been there all along the way.