American Teenager tells the senior-year story of four very different teens living in the affluent "red state" town of Warsaw, IN (and a surrounding cast of characters). Each story is compelling in its own way, and what the cast lacks in "cultural diversity," is made up in diversity of personality and story. The primary "cast" is:
--Alison, the "artistic" student knkown to others as a bit eclectic. We follow her struggle to deal with relationsips and attempt to follow her dream of being a film director.
--Colin, a leader on the school's varsity basketball team, who must juggle his desire to be noticed by collge scouts with a need to be a team player.
--Megan - the super-popular and -rich student who has it all (inlcuding "all" of the high expectations of her well-to-do family).
--Jake, the "band nerd" who can trace the start of his social akwardness precise moment in middle school. We watch him struggle to break out of his shell in order to find love.