Taylor gets a crush on a teenaged martial arts instructor, and signs up for some classes. But her shift from childhood to adolescence is noticed by her parents, who decide it's high time they give her the dreaded 'Talk'.
On the brink of adolescence, a girl's got a lot to deal with; a changing body, a flood of hormones, relentless judgment by her peers, even perhaps the stirrings of a first, unrequited crush. In Mortified, Taylor Fry is confronted by the lot. Mortified is a young girl's journey towards self-acceptance. Today: Taylor is convinced that Don and Glenda can't possibly be her real parents and decides to have their DNA tested, with extraordinary results.
Hector secretly nominates Taylor for school captain, unwittingly igniting her passion for politics. It seems to be a two-horse race as Taylor goes up against the perfect and beautiful, and seemingly unbeatable, Brittany Flune.
Taylor becomes image-conscious, and starts to worry about her appearance and dress code. This unfortunately coincides with Hector volunteering for flag duty at school, which registers quite high on the 'dork' scale.