Elisha Cooper spent a year hanging out at a Chicago high school- listening, watching, questioning, and sketching the students. He followed eight kids in particular, mostly seniors, through their entire year, and by telling their specific stories-of classes, extra-curriculars, friends, romances, and family-he gives us a more general picture of what it's like to be a high school student today. Part documentary, part soap opera, part sketchbook, this is an eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining account-one that will appeal equally to readers who are looking forward to high school and those who are looking back.