Hasn't every nerdy girl wondered what it would be like to ditch the glasses and be popular for once? Well, Nora Fulbright doesn't wonder. She finds out. She ditches chess for the cheer squad and is next in line to date the most popular footballer at Riverbend High.
All is great until Adam moves to town and Nora realizes he is just her type---pre-dumbing-herself-down days. But Adam doesn't seem to be into cheerleaders. Is she going to be able to show him her true self or is she stuck in her airhead uniform? Sounds like the perfect recipe for How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend.
Allyson Valentine paints both sides of the coin like she's been there. The only thing is it seems a little too coincidental that Adam would move to town right when Nora was ready to become a full-fledged butterfly. But perhaps he came at a time in her life when she needed a reality check. After all, her mom was definitely not impressed with her AP-less class schedule. On top of that, going AP is the only way to catch Adam's eye and bring herself back.
With the help of Benjamin Franklin and a couple of swaps, Nora is able to use the tricks she learned in chess to prepare for each move to bring herself closer to Adam. It goes to show that sometimes the one thing we want to run away from is the one thing we need to go back to to find out who we really are.