Six months have elapsed and Cassie has moved to Scotland,leaving Sid upset. Tony is still having mood swings and black-outs following his accident and,since his mother is suffering from depression,Effy takes over the reins of the household. Maxxie is having problems with local homophobes and his father's refusal to let him become a dancer but agrees to help Tony.
Maxxie has a creepy feeling that someone is watching him. Someone close by. A hot boy maybe? No such luck. Sketch is Maxxie's stalker. A weird loner, who spends most days shut up in a poky flat looking after her disabled Mum. So her attentions turn to the blonde boy who lives on the estate. Soon everything in her life is about Maxxie - if only he would even notice her. Meanwhile, the sixth form college production of 'Osama: The Musical' is teetering towards disaster under the heavy-handed guidance of lecherous drama teacher Bruce. But Sketch is prepared to do anything...
A visit from Sid's grandfather causes chaos for both him and his dad. His overbearing grandfather is still under the impression that Sid's parents are still together, a pretense Sid's dad is all too eager to maintain. The stresses and strains of the visit soon mount up and eventually something has to give.
Yet another man in her mother's life mean upheaval in Michelle's life. With a new house and a new step-sister to cope with and no idea which she dislikes more, Michelle's shredded life lacks any normality for her to cling to. With her birthday coming up rapidly, she seeks solace from the chaos in the company of her friends, with one noticeable exception. But as most her friends become more of an annoyance than a relief, she turns to a reliable source of comfort to steer her through the storm. But what trouble will this new direction bring?
Chris receives some startling news, which forces him to look at his future more closely. Of course this is Chris, so he isn't going to be able to do this on his own. Jal tries a different attitude to life which leads to unexpected happiness. Unfortunately Cassie, still reeling from her heartbreaking discovery, decides to cast her own dark cloud on Jal's new joy.
Effy, now the lady of the house, due to her mother's depression, befriends fellow schoolgirl Pandora, with whom she sells cannabis. She also gets Sid back with Cassie - via a set-up involving Jake - in exchange for Sid doing her art course work for school. Michelle tells Tony that she loves him.
Jal learns that she is pregnant by Chris,whom her parents want her to dump in order to concentrate on her school work. When they find out that she is pregnant they both advocate a termination but when Jal,on Cassie's advice,goes to tell Chris about her situation,she finds that he has been rushed to hospital with a blood clot on the brain.
Sid throws a dinner party to celebrate the end of exams, with Cassie, Chris, Micelle and Tony in attendance. However Michelle makes cutting remarks about Jal's termination which upsets Chris, his blood clot fatally returning and killing him. Cassie leaves the country for the States and goes to work in a New York diner, living in a flat rented to her by kindly waiter Adam.
The day of the exam results coincides with Chris's funeral. Barred by Chris's parents from attending Sid and Tony 'borrow' the coffin to pay their own respects,returning it in time for Jal to make a moving oration. After the funeral Maxxie and his boyfriend move to London with Anwar - which upsets Sketch - whilst Sid heads for New York to look up Cassie. Michelle and Tony agree to stay together as they go up to university but Effy still ends up in Tony's bed.