Tony is a smart kid. He undermines his dad on a daily basis and effortlessly covers up for his little sister's covert delinquency. So smart he believes he can even get his best mate Sid laid, and make a profit. And Abigail's party seems like the perfect place to do both. Inevitably the dope deal goes wrong, and so does Sid's quest to lose his virginity, no surprise there. But when the stolen car goes into the river and takes the unpaid for drugs with it, Tony and his mates are really in the shit.
Cassie can trick everyone. In her magical world the skinny bonkers girl still manages to fool everyone that she's beating her eating disorder. Her parents Marcus and Margeritte are well and truly duped. But Sid isn't. Good old geeky Sid who inadvertently steps out of Tony's shadow to win a place in Cassie's heart by being the only person to possibly notice and care what happens to her. The only person except Allan that is, Allan the taxi driver, who takes her to the clinic and who is the only adult she trusts, and the only person to ever see her actually eat anything.
Jal is not your average ghetto girl, no way near. But what's the point having the Young Musician of the Year competition within hands reach, if those around you don't even notice? Jal's problem is her Dad, he may be Bristol's answer to P Diddy, but when it comes to his daughter he's lost the plot. Sid has got a big problem of his own – a problem who goes by the name of Mad Twatter. Mad T won't rest until he's got his hands on his drugs, his money or Sid and as usual Tony has left his best mate to take it on the chin – literally.
Happy-go-lucky party animal Chris wakes up one morning with a hangover and a hard-on. Nothing unusual there. Until he discovers a grand in cash and a note from his Mum saying she's gone away. So like any not-so-average pill-popping 17 year old, Chris embarks on a bender to end all benders. But what do you do after you've thrown the mother of all parties and blown all the money? Well, you sell everything that isn't nailed down and go again – and just start hoping everything else will start to make sense. Sometimes though, life can make a little more sense than you want it to and Chris has to face up to the fact his Mum might never be coming home.
SidSid is in trouble. Deep trouble. He's failing at everything. His history coursework hasn't made the grade and he's only got a week to deliver something decent or he'll fail the year. And o fcourse he's as sexually frustrated as ever and can't get his best friend's girlfriend, Michelle out of his head. Will Sid ever buckle down and focus on his future, will his Dad ever give him a break and will he ever wake up to Tony's manipulative ways?
Maxxie and Anwar
What happens when two friends suddenly run up against the limits of their friendship? Maxxie and Anwar are about to find out. And on top of that, one of them is dealing with advances from his straight male friend while the other is trying to fend off the father of the Russian girl he's fallen for. And it's all happening on the most disastrous school trip ever (mis)conceived. Surely an entire A level history class can't get deported from Russia, can they?
Time's up for Tony. His girlfriend Michelle has had enough. She's also had enough of her mum's latest husband/toy boy/business failure/serial idiot, Malcolm. Men! But then a shining knight appears on the horizon with the promise of a happy ending. Seventeen, heartbroken and on the rebound, Michelle jumps right in. But Tony is determined to make sure the new prince in Michelle's life turns into the biggest toad of them all.
Has nobody noticed that Tony's little sister Effy never utters a word? Has nobody ever noticed that this fourteen year old school girl sneaks out at night? No-one apart from Tony that is. But then Tony doesn't give a damn about anybody or anything. Except his little sister.
It's Anwar's birthday party, yet no-one is in the mood to celebrate. Sid thinks he's got his act together, but when he tries to tell Cassie how he feels he ends up in a padded cell. Tony is also in the mood to make up, but seems his luck has run out too. There are scores to be settled. And settled they are, with some unexpected yet dangerously wonderful consequences.