Greg’s mom makes him visit a girl named Rachel, because she was diagnosed with leukemia. I realize this sounds like a sad book, and it is. However, it is also a funny book, so you should read it.
A group of kids prank call random people, whose names are listed in an ancient device known as a “phonebook”; they try to keep people on the line for as long as possible. Lorraine, secretly peeking at the names, calls an old dude named Angelo Pignati. Lorraine and John decide to meet Mr. Pignati, with whom they develop a friendship.