Stage One: Order and Discipline Sam and her dad live in California. They are best friends. They play baseball together, read stories together, and everything else.
Stage Two: Chaos and Disorder Sam's dad meets a women at the diner and later on get married. Along with a new step-mom came two step-sisters. Sam's dad dies in an earthquake.
Stage Three: Order is Restored Sam decides she is done following Fiona's orders. She quits her job at the diner and moves out. While she is packing her things, she finds her father's will, which left her everything. Sam finally gets to go to Princeton.
Opposite Perspectives Austin is popular. Sam is not popular.
Heroine Disguised The heroine in the movie is Sam. She is disguised by her screen name; PrincetonGirl818. She was also disguised by a mask at the dance.
Manipulation through Knowledge Sam knows who Nomad is, but Austin doesn't know that Sam is PrincetonGirl818.