Chapter 1

What they tell you about puberty is that it happens to everyone. What they don’t tell you is there’s a ten percent chance you might turn out different from everyone else. I had to find that out from Nancy Swanson, MD, and she’s practically a stranger. 

Besides Doctor Swanson, nobody else on planet Earth knows about my “abnormality.” Not even my mom. 

Which is probably why she didn’t think it would be a big deal when she decided to casually announce that in middle school, after gym class, you have to take showers. 

Community showers, with no stalls or curtains or anything. 

Mom says it’s mandatory—that all the kids have to do it—that I should remember to bring my flip-flops and soap case and towel. 

Luckily, she only waited until THE DAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED to tell me. Which, according to the kitchen clock, gives me about negative nineteen hours to mentally prepare. 

But you know what? That’s only the second problem I’ve had to deal with today. 

The first? 

Julie Pastroni. 

And the fact that she wasn’t coming with me to sixth grade. 

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