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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-story and out. The message of the story is how we look at people as mirrors rather than windows.
** Q could be read as a romantic adventurer or an obsessed tragic figure. Q even claims that Captain Ahab is the hero of Moby Dick. (That said, he outright admits he never actually ''read'' the book and just wanted to get his final paper done, so he probably went off the website summary and wrote from there; a time-honored tradition among people who leave things until the last minute.)
* BaseBreaker: Margo. Despite her HiddenDepths and BeneathTheMask identity, many people find her true self whiny and pretentious. Others think she's a sad, lonely {{Woobie}} deep down, while others think she's a bit of both.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** At the prom afterparty, Ben sets a county record for longest keg-stand. Radar describes him as some kind of "autistic savant".
** During the road trip, [[spoiler:Radar is bought a T-shirt with a Confederate flag on it that reads "Heritage not Hate". Radar is black]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment : Radar, who's black, getting a t-shirt with a confederate flag on it that says, "Heritage not Hate", was hilarious in the book, which came out in 2008. Fast-forward to 2015, the year the movie came out... and also the year when the controversy over the Confederate flag, and whether it stands for racism or not, has reached violent levels of protest and conflict. Suddenly the scene isn't so funny.
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