Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Unlucky Thirteen


Another semester … another obstacle … another diary.


You think you have problems? Well, my adoptive parents are divorcing; my OCD is off the charts, and I’m pretty sure I’m about to lose the only two friends I have.


But that’s nothing compared to the trouble I’m in regarding my Life Science project, where my partner and I have to care for a computerized baby for 72 hours in order to pass the course.


Because I, “the girl who can’t forget,” have somehow managed to lose the baby.

Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Top Secret

My first zit … my first bra … my first kiss.


My birth mom missed them all. She should have been there to tell me it was fine, to reassure me and hold my hand when I got scared. Instead, now I’ll never get the chance to meet her because my dad’s moving us two thousand miles away—to California.

But she needs to know what’s happening. She has to understand what’s going on in my life, what’s important to me and why I act like I do from time to time.

That’s why I started this diary. It’s a collection of my thoughts, wishes, fears and desires. Hundreds of them, from the past 11 years, all committed to paper and meant for the eyes of just one person. My mom…

Hi, I’m Linda Rey, and I write books for teens and tweens. Writing a bio is about as awkward as having to write a “What I Did Last Summer” report, the first day back in school, but here goes.

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New school … new problems … new diary.


As if starting a new middle school isn’t bad enough; now, I’m pretty sure my adoptive mom wants to give me back, my sister is intent on ruining my life, and the entire eighth grade thinks I’m a total dork because of an unfortunate beach experience involving a poisonous jelly fish. (Okay, so it was only a waterlogged plastic bag that I mistook for a jellyfish, but still.) 


All of that, and more, recorded on the pages of this dairy, and all dedicated to “M” – the mother who gave me away.


Wilhelmina Shisbey is unlucky Number Thirteen—the thirteenth person in the world to be documented with something called H-SAM (Highly Superior Autographical Memory.) For Willa, every crummy day of her loser life is as vivid as the last, beginning the moment her birth mother dumped her off at an orphanage, one day after her first birthday.

But after a few rough starts at her new middle school, Willa’s luck finally begins to change when she becomes friends with super smart Marley Applegate, editor of the troubled school paper, and intentional under-achiever Cody Cassidy, the hottest boy at Triton Middle School.


Surviving middle school is a fulltime job. But when a new student arrives on campus—a boy with cerebral palsy confined to a wheelchair—it’s up to Willa to prove to her classmates that it just might be cool to be kind. 



On the Willa Shisbey My Life Sucks scale of one to ten, Willa’s life is an eleven.


It’s not just that she’s a medically documented freak-of-nature with the ability to recall her past with the accuracy of a computer, or that her adoptive parents are divorcing and Willa fears she might be an orphan — again. But now her OCD has gotten so out of control that she’s managed to push away the only two friends she’s ever had.


Willa’s troubles continue to grow, and cement her nerdy girl status at Triton Middle School, when a shortage of boys in her science class pairs her with a new student—a girl—for a class project. Willa and her partner must “marry” and care for a computerized baby for seventy-two hours in order to pass the course.


The only problem is that Willa, the girl with the memory that won’t let her forget, has somehow managed to lose the baby.