Curly hair. Shiny shoes. Thermos Lunch Box. Lunch Money.
These are some of the things that creep into Tanya Tolentino’s mental wish-list. But what she really wants is for someone to see her as more than the most intelligent, ‘weird but good’ girl in her fourth-grade class.
One day, Tanya defends the wealthiest kid in town, Mike Lopez, from JJ Carredo, the biggest bully in school. Then, she learns from Mike that nobody likes her. To impress her classmates, Tanya steals and spends an unknown kid’s lunch money on candy for the entire class. But rather than be remembered for her ‘generosity,’ she gets branded as a Loser for losing her top rank in class to Claire Reid, a curly pre-teen beauty queen.
As Tanya attempts a fundraiser to recoup the money she had stolen, compounding her mistake into a web of lies—she starts to bond with the three most visible personalities in school: Mike, Claire, and a newly reformed JJ. Now that everyone is beginning to pay close attention, will Tanya’s classmates finally see her the way she wants to be seen? Or will the half-truths catch up and doom her to forever be the weird girl, who sits alone under a mango tree?