It all started with the boy with the swoopy hair in Sofie's third-grade math class. It was her first ever crush and she had no idea what to do about it—she asked her friends, but they all had conflicting advice (and it didn't help that they were 9 years old). At the end of the day, Sofie knew there was only one person she could talk to: her mom. But she was nervous and embarrassed to tell her mom about her crush, so she just wrote about it in the journal she used every night, instead. One day she had an idea—what if she could give her mom her journal, and her mom could read it and write her back? That way Sofie could talk to her without any of that awkward face-to-face stuff! Sofie told her mom her idea and they loved it, too! They picked out a notebook over a piece of chocolate cake, and the journal was born.