Joan Girardi has begun acting a little strange since her family moved to the city of Arcadia. No one knows that various people keep introducing themselves as God, and then giving the teenager specific directions to do things. Unsure of what God wants, and if she’s even sane, Joan tentatively begins to follow God’s cryptic directives, all the while trying to retain a “normal” teen-aged existence.
After the theft of copies of SAT exams from a principal’s office, teenage reporter Bobby Funke sets out to unmask the thief. Bobby prints an article fingering Class President Paul Moore as the thief, shredding the youth’s reputation. But as Bobby gets to know Paul’s girlfriend, Francesca, he comes to realize he was wrong about Paul, so he sets out to unmask the true culprit.
Beautiful Mandy Lane isn’t a party girl but, when classmate Chloe invites the Texas high school student to a bash in the countryside, she reluctantly accepts. After hitching a ride with a vaguely scary older man, the teens arrive at their destination. Partying ensues, and Mandy’s close pal, Emmet, keeps a watchful eye on the young males making a play for Mandy. Then two of the students are murdered.
A collection of intersecting short stories set in early 1980’s Los Angeles, depicts a week in the lives of an assortment of socially alienated, mainly well-off characters who numb their sense of emptiness with casual sex, violence, and drugs.
During the summer of 1999, a group of teenagers, through interconnected narratives, live through their last day of high school and prepare for the future. Holly, once the new girl in school, does whatever it takes to remain popular. Dawn, who is secretly a lesbian, battles drugs. Tori is the valedictorian of her class, but, on the eve of graduation, she decides to experiment with drugs for the first time.