Plot[ edit ] Terri Fletcher Hilary Duff is a teenager with a passion for singing and dreams of becoming a professional singer. Her overprotective father Simon David Keith , a second-generation restaurateur, disapproves of Terri's plans, stating that being a singer may not be a worthwhile life choice. Simon believes that Terri will get hurt if she goes to Los Angeles and would prefer if she continues running the family business.
Terri is very close to her elder brother Paul Jason Ritter who fully supports her dream, despite what their dad says. At Paul's graduation-day barbecue, he has a fight with Simon, who, in the heat of it, grounds his son.
Terri sneaks Paul out of the house to attend a Three Days Grace concert. On the way back, they are in a car accident. Terri awakens in the hospital, where she learns that Paul was killed. Terri loses interest in her singing, and also in the music program. However, Terri's mother Frances Rita Wilson feels differently; knowing that Paul would have wanted Terri to attend the program, she convinces her surviving offspring to go.
Terri arrives in Los Angeles and weathers some difficult ordeals: While at the program, Terri makes new friends and learns a great deal about music, but problems arise when she is plagued by memories of the car crash which took Paul's life and finds it increasingly difficult to keep her participation in the program a secret from her father.
Throughout the film, Terri develops a mutual fondness for Jay, but she faces competition from Robin Childers Lauren C. Mayhew , who was involved with Jay the previous summer. Although Robin still harbors feelings for Jay, it is obvious that he does not reciprocate these feelings. Jay tries to get Robin to cease her efforts to keep him and Terri apart. On one occasion, she kisses him just as Terri walks in. Jay pushes Robin away, but Terri runs off in tears, ignoring Jay's insistence that the kiss meant nothing.
When he does, Jay apologizes, and Terri agrees to finish the song they've been working on for the scholarship contest. At home, Simon learns of Terri's ruse and becomes furious. Simon then flies to Los Angeles to bring Terri home in an effort to keep her safe. On the final day, Simon comes to the school and Terri finds him packing up her belongings; he reams his daughter for disobeying and deceiving him, and for turning his own sister and wife against him.
She begs him to let her finish what she started and not let the summer go to waste. Ultimately, realizing how selfish he had been acting concedes and allows her to perform. Terri and Jay then perform the song they wrote with Terri, dedicating it to Paul. The scholarship prize is won by Denise, yet Simon is proud of his daughter and her talents. He is also glad that her last memory of Paul is one worth having the concert , as opposed to Simon's own their argument, and Paul's subsequent restriction to his bedroom.
Terri's teachers hope to see her next year; Simon replies that they just might. Over the end credits, Terri performs for her parents and Nina, with Jay cheering her on.