Basically a reverse bullying story!
Elle is witness to a Mafia murder by a boss, an underboss, and another made man. They only find out later after seeing the tapes of the alley where it took place, that she was present and are not sure what she saw or heard, but they have a mob law against killing kids and she is still only seventeen.
So the Boss gives his son Nero the job of finding out what Elle knows before her eighteenth birthday and if he does a good job, he will be a “Made” man. Nero is basically the king of Legacy Prep, the high school where both he and Elle go to School. He has slept with almost every willing female in the school and everyone loves him.
Elle and her friend Chloe are bullied and tormented on a daily basis. Elle is a scholarship student who works at a diner for the rest of her tuition because she doesn’t want to leave Chloe to fend for herself. When Nero starts paying attention to Elle, he and his friends begin to see the kind of bullying the girls have been subjected to and help them deal with it.
“I have to know. Do girls really have pillow fights at slumber parties?” Vincent flashed his smile.
Elle rolled her eyes. Typical.
“Yeah, I wondered that, too.” Leo said.
“Are you all serious?” Elle looked at their faces. They looked serious.
“I wanna know,” Amo chimed in.
Nero turned and looked at her. “Do you?”
Elle pushed at his shoulder. “No, we don’t. We wear green face masks, paint each other’s toenails, and watch old movies.”
She looked around at their disappointed faces.
Vincent threw down the rest of his taco. “Wow, Elle, thanks for killing our fucking dreams.”
The story is good on many levels, especially the conflicts that develop because everything is based on a lie and Nero can’t help but develop feelings for Elle.