YMMV / Modelland

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Multiple ones.
    • Lizzie. Even most people who dislike the book consider her the most interesting character, not that her story gets much attention.
    • Myrracle often garners more sympathy than Tookie herself, for being far more proactive in pursuing her dreams.
  • The Scrappy: Dylan is far and away the least-liked of Tookie's ensemble, being a sassy-black-woman stereotype that constantly spouts annoying babble and rarely helps out with anything in the story.
  • Snark Bait: The book ends up practically snarking itself. For example SMIZE is an actual word. Really.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Lizzie, just everything about Lizzie. She's being subjected to horrifying experiments for the sake of "beauty", but the plot instead focuses on the titular model school while Lizzie ends up Put on a Bus (twice!).
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Tookie is a complete loner... except given the way she acts in the beginning of the story, she comes across as an obsessive weirdo no one would ever want to be anywhere near anyway. She also does some nasty stuff throughout the book, such as:
    • Stealing hospital equipment for fun.
    • Taking sadistic joy in seeing Zarpessa have to dumpster-dive for food, even though Zarpessa hasn't done anything mean to Tookie at this point.
    • At the end of the book she hopes Lizzie is doing okay, but makes no effort to check on Lizzie even though she easily could.