Yes, this is normal. Yes, making real friends is hard. No, you’re not the only one — not at all! Yes, it will be really awful to go through high school without a circle of at least 4 or 5 friends you can call up to hang out with. Sad to say, friends aren’t going to drop out of the sky for you. For most of us, it takes effort and time and more effort. I know. It isn’t fair. Some people just seem to be born with a kind of magnetic charisma and self-confidence. People seem to just flock around them. But here’s a secret: Most of them are feeling scared and insecure too. High school is the pits at least some of the time for most of the kids.
There are some practical suggestions in this article. Think seriously about what it says. Practice on a few people this summer so by the time you get back to school you are feeling more confident. Make it your secret project to cultivate at least one more friendship than you’ve got now. You can do it. You’re normal and smart and probably have a lot to bring to a friendship if you’d only let yourself and other people see it.
I wish you well.