My mom obviously has no idea how mean kids are.
The three main characters are constant targets for bullies at school. The harassment takes a toll on the boys’, pushing them into their own isolated worlds and growing ever more defiant. David, in particular, suffers extreme humiliation at the hands of his classmates, so he retreats into delusions of pop stardom. Even Steve, with his punk swagger, succumbs to a brutal beating after his private notebook is found. No one is safe at school.