Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Starting a band with her best mates, Jane and Tara, was just a way to have fun. But when the group is joined by charismatic bad-boy Dean, things onstage and backstage start happening, fast. Their band, The Hormones, is front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts.
Nick, the "nonqueer bassist in a queercore band," is onstage when he spots his ex-girlfriend, Tris.
Once offstage, he propositions a girl he has never met, hoping to make Tris jealous:
"Would you mind being my girlfriend for five minutes?"
Norah, also heartbroken (and hoping Nick will drive her home), agrees.
What begins as a spontaneous ploy turns into something surprising and real in the course of one night.
Struggling at home and at school, Duncan decides to try out for a local rock band. He plays the bass in the school orchestra, but it is a long way from band camp to rock star. Joining a heavy-metal band, he tries to fit in, dumping his old friends and trying to walk the walk. When his dad's new girlfriend starts to teach him about real rock music and introduces him to her musician brother, Duncan discovers that there is more to being a guitar hero than playing in a heavy-metal band.
Miranda was the quiet type-until she moved to Austin. Home of the hippest college rock bands, Austin, Texas, is a scene. And Miranda is dying to break out of her small-town shell. So she decides to do something totally un-Miranda: learn to play the drums. When crashing the cymbals, the girl's a wild child! Plus there's a perk to her new gig: a cute bass player.