'The Penny, My Legs, and the Shoes' is the first book in the series following the diary of Marty Hayes. It starts when she is finishing her tenth grade (second year) of secondary school. She decides to throw her first ever party. Through the pages of Marty’s life, you get to see her experiences, which include: her first date, first boyfriend, drama with friends, and family issues. As well as discovering more about herself…which seems to be that she attracts drama!