Trying to put her issues with Justin behind her, Hannah strikes up a friendship with Jessica, another new girl at school. They're fast friends (Hannah calls it "a hot chocolate friendship, maybe not perfect for all seasons"), and spend all of their time together. Soon they meet another loner, Alex, and the three meet every day for coffee at the town's cafe, Monet's.
Things fall apart when Jessica and Alex start to date behind Hannah's back. The new couple starts distancing themselves from her, but the final nail in the coffin comes courtesy of Alex. He circulates a list ranking the body parts of girls in school, and gives Hannah the distinction of "Best Ass." Jessica, who wasn't ranked at all, is furious, and slaps Hannah at Monet's. Their friendship comes to an abrupt, heated end.