* Cass runs away to New York with a boyfriend instead of going to Yale.
* Caitlin's sixteenth birthday is on the day that Cass leaves; but everyone is preoccupied with her sister.
* Mr. and Mrs. O'Koren try to reach Cass, but are unsuccessful.
* Everyone is very sad and disappointed that Cass has left.
* Boo and Stewart Connell are neighbors of the O'Korens.
* Stewart is an art professor at the university.
* The Connells are former hippies, drive an old bus, even thought they are very different, are very good friends of the O'Korens.
* Mrs. O'Koren is constantly crying over Cass having run away.
* Cass calls home and her parents ask her to return, but she refuses.
* Caitlin gets her driver's license.
* Rina is Caitlin's best friend and convinces her to try out for cheerleading.
* Caitlin and Rina make the cheerleading squad.
* Caitlin's mother is thrilled that Caitlin...
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