Feeling more lost than ever, aspiring writer Hannah agrees to attend a poetry workshop after hearing about it at a college fair at school. It's there that she bumps into Ryan, the author of the school's unsanctioned literary magazine. Hannah begs him to help her with her poetry and he agrees and later praises her for the deep, profound poem she reads in front of the poetry group.
Hannah shows up at school the next day only to hear her poem, which contains a few eyebrow-raising lines about skin and lacy underwear, being read aloud and mocked by people in the hallway. Ryan had secretly torn the poem out of the page in her journal after she refused to let him publish it and put it in his publication anyway. After seeing her personal thoughts made fun of, her dreams for the future are further squashed.