Virgina Shreves is an girl with a larger than average body and an inferiority complex. With her beautiful sister, built-like-a-Greek-god brother, and successful parents, her self esteem isn't helped.
Amazing how a simple phone call can shatter the world as you know it.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Ginny is considered cute by at least a couple boys, like her crush Froggy and Byron's roommate and becomes this more when she stop dressing in layers and in pale colors her mother deemed "appropriate" for a blonde.
- Big Brother Worship: Ginny to Byron
- Broken Pedestal: Ginny adored her older brother. Her image of him is broken harshly. the pedestal is eventually rebuilt, but not to the same extent.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Ginny's mother is a teen psychology expert....yet she barely spends time with Ginny and regards her as the Black Sheep when she isn't lecturing her on her weight; Anais called her out on this phony image when the woman disagreed with her decision on joining the Peace Corps; she and her husband try to block Columbia University from prosecuting Byron for date-raping a girl.
- Cool Big Sis: Anais seems to be this although she isn't present during the book.
- Fat and Proud: Ginny, with the help of her plus-sized teacher Ms. Crowley, learns to embrace her size and body.
- Formerly Fat: Dr. Shreves, Ginny's mother, was as heavy as Ginny in high school and totally slimmed down before college.
- Stepford Smiler: Ginny's Mother is this trope personified and even encourages this after Byron date-raping a girl.
- Weight Woe: Ginny has this and eventually tries to get over it while her thin Mother dreads getting fat again and popular girl Brie develops an eating disorder.