Lanie Strickland is sixteen in 1956 and for a while the year seems magical.
Shy and unsure of herself, Lanie is dazzled when Alex Thurlow asks her to dance at a New Year’s Eve party. Alex is a star athlete, one of the most popular boys in her high school. She never thought a boy like Alex would even notice her.
Soon Lanie is in love for the first time, never dreaming she could be so happy. It isn’t long before they are going steady, much to her social-climbing mother’s delight.
Lanie believes Alex when he tells her that he loves her. But his actions say something else, just as the Stricklands’ house on Giffort Street suggests that they have money when they can barely afford to live there.
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