After a reconciliatory chat with her mother she attends Chloe's pool party. Despite a disastrous university interview, Rae's future in Stamford is looking bright. A visit to Tix at the psychiatric ward is also depressing. However, on the day of the concert, she stays. There is further disharmony when Chop and Finn invite Rae to a rock concert but not Chloe. However, change is on the horizon as the gang grows up. Overweight and under-confident teenager Rae Earl is discharged from psychiatric hospital and is met by her mother, who is hiding her Tunisian boyfriend Karim from the immigration authorities.
After being sick Rae realizes that this is due to the combination of alcohol and her medication so she decides to stop taking the latter. Is Rae Earl ready to grow up? Rae and Chloe fall out when Chloe admits she is secretly dating their P. Things get worse when Rae realises that Chloe has read her diary and tries to commit suicide but is herself run over. She returns home and patches things up with her mother but gets a call. After laying low at Finn's she goes to the rave where she is upset to see Chloe and Finn kiss. She is also angry with Dr Gill because, although Rae knows his marriage is in difficulties, he never tells her about.
The gang is going to a rave but Rae's mother puts her foot down and tries to prevent her. A second date is planned but Archie fails to show and when Rae goes after him he admits that he is gay and hoped that kissing a girl would make him straight. Rae admits to Dr Gill her envy of Chloe after which she is again picked on by the Green Lane gang but rescued by Finn, for whom she realises she is falling. Drinking, dancing and dating the hottest guy in the North - Rae has life as a teenager nailed. Rae finds that she is vying with Chloe for Finn's affections. When Rae's attempts to maintain the status quo backfires, she faces one of her biggest challenges yet. However when Rae discovers that the postcards supposedly sent by her absent father working in Scotland were sent by her mother she rebels and has a party.
On Kester's advice she goes to her mother's wedding and gives a. Then her mother and Karim go to Tunisia for a few days, Rae being warned against having any parties. Elderly Mrs Dewhurst across the road has accused her of being a Peeping Tom whilst a conversation with her friends in the pub exposes her as a virgin. Feeling guilty that she was not there for Tix Rae is also depressed when Chloe tells her of her feelings for Finn and imagines running her over. This makes her behave oddly, freeing Karim's cage birds, some of whom die and leading to a huge row with her mother. She is, however, prone to panic attacks and tries to return to the ward but is persuaded by her friend Tix to brave the big wide world.
Whilst Rae is unconscious Tix appears and tells her how life would be poorer if Rae was to do away with herself so, after being discharged from hospital, she goes to see Kester Gill, discussing her suicide attempt and her feelings for her father. In fact they regard Rae as one of the lads, rather than a girl, which disheartens her and, after an encounter with the Green Lane gang of bullies, she starts self-harming again. He is scared to come out so Rae decides the best way for them both to save face is for her to claim that she dumped him. She tells Chloe about her self-harming and proposes telling her other friends in order to be honest. Rae goes to the pub where her friend Chloe introduces her to her circle, including the desirable 'half geek, half rock god' Archie, whom Rae would love as her boyfriend.
Rae and Finn are really hitting it off but she is scared he still sees her only as one of the boys. . However Archie asks her on a date and they are soon kissing. . . . .
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