1.) Bernetta's "best friend" Ashely got her in trouble by telling the school she was helping people cheat. 2.) Bernetta needs money for her to go to the school she that she likes. Unfortunately, her parents will not pay for her to go back to her private school.
Bernetta tries two things to try to save up money for the middle school she likes and used to go to. Bernetta decides to work to pay for the school she would prefer to go to and the one she lost her scholarship to.
Later after she worked at her father's restaurant and hurt herself, she decided to instead work with the boy she met there because he felt bad for her. They would make money by being con artists.