JUNE GERBER (a.k.a June Bug) is furious her MOM is moving June and all her other belongings 57 miles away from their hometown. Still, June is determined to make a memorable first impression with her new classmates, especially her drool-worthy Chemistry partner, ASHER ALKOFF. And she does—by accidentally setting the school on fire.
Thankfully, her mom isn’t too disappointed. That’s because she’s been holding onto news of her own. His name is JIM, they've been dating for a year and a half, and he’s coming for dinner on Friday. Watching her mom love someone who is definitely not her dad reopens all the wounds of his death, threatening to send June back to the worst time in her life.
At school, June discovers that not everyone understands her special kind of crazy and her potential friend pool becomes limited to just Asher. And the closer Mom and Jim become, the more June struggles with loneliness and her dad’s passing. Since Asher, too, has lost a parent, June’s convinced they could be a source of comfort to each other, if only Asher wasn’t so anti-social.
Still, June’s mission in life is to make everyone feel invincible and she refuses to give up. She volunteers at Asher’s work, determined to spend time with him. But Asher becomes continually more withdrawn, and June can't even remember the last time she saw him smile. Then, one day, he doesn’t show up for school or work.
With panic fueling her, June rushes to his house. She finds him on his bathroom floor, clutching onto a bottle of pills. Refusing to let him out of her sight, June convinces Asher to stay at her house. Asher confesses his father is an alcoholic and a gambler who’s spent all their money, leaving Asher feeling hopeless. He doesn’t want to die, but he doesn't know how to stop the pain either.
June realizes Asher is battling with depression and his struggles are all too familiar. Her life’s mission becomes even more vital. June confides to Asher about her own battle with depression following her dad's passing, hoping it’ll help him realize that, despite his circumstances, life wasn’t actually hopeless.
Thanks to June's persistent positiveness, Asher is willing to try one more option: calling the aunt he's lost touch with. He moves in with her and, in true Asher fashion, doesn’t stay in touch with June. Without him around, June’s struggles with her mom dating Jim become more apparent. Considering the courage it took for Asher to do right by himself for the first time in years, June realizes it's high time to face her own fears of her dad being replaced head-on. She finally takes into consideration a suggestion Asher gave her a while ago and has her first real conversation with Jim. Even though it goes well, June's still not comfortable with the idea of her Mom with someone who isn't her dad. However, she comes to the conclusion that sometimes all that can be done is to work at having the right attitude.
In the meantime, days have passed and June still hasn’t heard from Asher. She’s worried and furious. When she's close to feeling like they'll never be friends again, he surprises her with a visit. Better yet, he shows up with a new shirt and haircut—signs of baby steps forward. He tells June that he owes his life to her and hands her a brochure to a nursing home—a nod to June's request they be friends even in their old age.
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