At the beginning of the book, the main character Steven is at his 8th grade graduation and he is wondering why he is there and what he has learned over the past nine months.
Steven was writing a journal entry in English class and wrote about when his little brother Jeffrey used Steven's special drum sticks to make a gross food and his drum sticks still smell weird years later.
Steven is in 8th grade but he goes to a high school all-city jazz band with one other 8th grader named Annette Watson. The high school sends a special bus to the middle school to pick them two up. Steven says that she is a piano prodigy. He also says that she has mastered Bethoven and Motzart but hasn't quite yet mastered being a girl yet.
Steven has had a crush on a girl named Renee Albert for five years. She is the hottest girl in the 8th grade. She lives in the same neighborhood as Steven but he still can't talk to her without it being weird.
Steven was making Jeffrey oatmeal and Jeffrey was sitting on a stool, when Steven turned his head for one second, Jeffrey slipped off the stool and hit his face on the table which caused a major nose bleed.
To avoid thinking about Jeffrey, Steven thought of an advanced math problem to solve. He decided to think of how many tic-tacs he should have at a time to