Lucille "Lucy" Callahan is a 12-year-old wiz kid. She can recite many of the digits in pi, she can do hard math problems without even thinking about it, and she thinks about numbers all day. She's obsessed with math. This is because when she was 8, she was struck by lighting which rewired her brain. Now she is a genius. She loves to go online and tutor people for math, and she's been homeschooled since the lightning strike. One day, her Nana decided that Lucy should start going to real middle school. Lucy hates the idea. She wants to go to college, and she believes that middle school is too easy. Next thing Lucy knows, she's enrolled into a middle school filled with germs, and mean kids. Lucy doesn't want to look like the school's freaky genius girl so she keeps to herself. She wants to leave the school as soon as she can. But soon, Lucy finds some loyal friends, and some good teachers. Lucy doesn't even realize how much she is started to grow close to her new friends, new school, and the dogs at the dog shelter she visits for a project that she used to hate. Lucy finds out many things about herself. That she's more than a germophobic. More than a math wiz. More than a "freak". More than a lightning girl. She is a dog lover. She is a fun person to hang out with. She is the smartest girl in school. She is the best friend of a little dog named Pi. Lucy learns which friends are friendly and which are foes. Lucy has a choice to make. Should she listen to her heart and stay true to her new friends and come out of her shell, or should she revert back to her old shy self. The self that lets people bully her into silence. The self that avoids making friends. The self that avoids trying new things if it had nothing to do with math. When Lucy's Nana finds a school for smart kids that would be perfect for Lucy, Lucy has to make a choice. Should she go to the school of her almost-dreams with the education that matches her smarts, or should she listen to her heart and stay true to herself? Can she just leave her new behind? This book teaches readers to be true to themselves and not worry about what others think. Be yourself and embrace yourself. It also teaches people that friendship is a strong force that may be tested from here and there, but the right friendships can never be broken. 5 stars.