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* AmbiguousDisorder: Zinkoff.



[[caption-width-right:310:It's hard living in a world where people want to judge you all the time.]]

''Loser'' is a coming of age novel written by Creator/JerrySpinelli about a boy named Donald Zinkoff, ostracized by his peers due to his clumsiness and clueless nature. The book follows Zinkoff during his developmental years through Elementary and Middle school.
!!This book provides examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Surnames like "Orwell" are seen alongside "Zinkoff", "Shankfelder", "Tuttle" "Bonce" and "Meeks".
* AmbiguousDisorder: Zinkoff.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Zinkoff is a Type B. After being given a personality test that requires him to list the name of his best friend and having no real answer to put down, he sets out to find one after he puts down the name of the first person he can think of who also has no best friend, named "Hector Binns". [[spoiler:At first, Zinkoff is able to attain his friendship, but the friendship quickly dissolves.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Zinkoff runs into a lot of these in school especially the kid who took his giraffe hat.
* LastNameBasis: Zinkoff goes by his unusual last name instead of his much more ordinary first name Donald.
* LonersAreFreaks: Zinkoff himself is pretty zany, but we also get Hecter Binns, another loner who collects his ear wax to make a candle.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: At the climax, Zinkoff goes out searching during winter for a missing Claudia. Turns out, she was found quickly without Zinkoff's knowledge, and he spends ''seven hours'' looking for her in the cold while the police search for him.]]
* PickedLast: The final scene.
* TakeYourChildToWorkDayPlot: Zinkoff gets very excited by Take Your Kid to Work Day and his friend Andrew actually goes. It almost doesnít go well for Zinkoff because his father, being a mailman, canít bring along a child in his single-seater mailtruck. However, they settle for driving around the neighborhood on a Sunday in the family car, with Zinkoff delivering letters he made himself.

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