'Scene doesn’t even acknowledge that Angelica, his girlfriend of two years, is in the room, watching us make out against my fake boyfriend’s kitchen wall. Wow, my life is screwed up with a capital S.' Pia Lombardi hates New Jersey. Period. When she turns 13, she gets accepted into a boarding school - far, far away from her home town. She quickly packs her bags and sets off to California, not glancing back at what she left behind. Now, at the age of 18, she's fresh out of high school and in seek of a good university. She also has to face the horrid state of New Jersey, where her loud and obnoxious Italian family lives. And don't forget her childhood best friend that seems to despise her existence. She might learn to love the state, or face the reason she left in the first place.