Meet Biff: a weird, wild-haired high school senior with a couple of problems. He’s 18 but looks more like 14, which makes it hard for people - especially girls - to take him seriously. He’s too shy to say anything more than "Hi" to Tommie, the girl he’s had a crush on for two years. The way things are going, it doesn’t look like Biff will ever find a girlfriend or get the chance to kiss a girl. That is, until he meets Heidi. A beautiful, brash cigarette smoker, she’s the kind of dangerous girl Biff usually tries to avoid....
Although he’s only just graduated from high school, 18-year-old Dean Duffy thinks of himself as a has-been. Mired in an inexplicable and frustrating two-year batting slump, he helplessly watches as a once-promising baseball career fizzles when he strikes out to end his senior season. With his baseball career now seemingly over, Dean settles into a series of odd jobs as he tries to puzzle out his future. However, when a longtime mentor arranges a baseball scholarship to a private college, he is forced to make an adult decision for the first time in his life.
Gardner Dickinson is almost 15, and his life is a mess. His bedroom is littered with library books he never reads. He daydreams about building muscles, but never gets around to it. Worst of all, his recently laid-off dad is more interested in playing golf than finding a new job. But one day life starts to click for Gardner. He finishes a few of those library books, begins running after school and starts earning some spare cash - and those muscles he’s craved - by splitting wood for the neighbors. Most importantly, he and his dad have a good talk, which just might be enough to get Mr. Dickinson back on track.
When 16-year-old Stan Claxton learns that his neighbor Ginny Forrester is coming home, he isn't sure if he should be happy or scared. Ginny - a 15-year-old nationally-ranked junior tennis player - is having trouble with her game, and her coach thinks Stan can pull her out of this slump. After an awkward beginning, Stan settles in as Ginny's coach, and her play improves with each match in a local tournament.