Being happy is the goal...but greatness is my mission. -Childish Gambino Nathaniel Shaw Matthews is 14. He's 14 and in the seventh grade. That may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it's a big deal to him. Ever since he repeated the fifth grade he's been in the same class as his sister Riley and her best friend Maya. Of course he's also been in the same class as his best friend Farkle, but still. It's hard being a year older than his peers. When new kid Lucas Friar moves to New York Nathan finally gets a chance to bond with someone who is the same age as him and it's...nice. Join Nathan as he overcomes middle school. And if he ever gathers the courage...he just may tell his family the secret that's been kept between him and Farkle. A secret that he hopes won't make his family hate him.