While comparing class schedules on the firstday of school with her friend Will, Elle isdistracted by Nate, a new boy at school. But as atypical eighth grader, she lacks the confidence totalk to the object of her crush. To top it off, thememories of being teased as a Kindergartener, andthe secret she’s been keeping since then, make hereven more nervous as she starts the new schoolyear. Nate’s parents’ recent divorce turns his lifeupside down. He’s got a new home, a new school,and a new friend. Plus, he’s trying to keep up withhis school work while helping to take care of hisyounger brother. When he meets Elle, the shy boydoesn’t have the courage to tell her how he feels. Throughout the school year, the pair becomefriendly, despite a series of mishaps andmisunderstandings. But their relationship stallsuntil Will intervenes. Will one of them finally takea chance on romance before the year is over?My Eighth Grade (almost) Romance is told in alternating chapters by Elle and Nate themselves. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.