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* JerkassWoobie: Lori. Early scenes show her engaging in a mean, racist prank, and she cheats on Skippy, breaking his heart. But she's also engaged in a somewhat abusive "relationship" with Carl that mostly involves exchanging sex for drugs (which she wants because of her insecurity about her body), and you can't help but feel for her when he [[spoiler: films her questionable-consenting blowjob and sends it out to the whole school, and she panics, thinking she's pregnant]]. The last section of the book reveals her to be desperate for love and with few real friends, which drives her to suicide.

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* JerkassWoobie: Lori. Early scenes show her engaging in a mean, racist prank, and she cheats on Skippy, breaking his heart. But she's also engaged in a somewhat abusive "relationship" with Carl that mostly involves exchanging sex for drugs (which she wants because of her insecurity about her body), and you can't help but feel for her when he [[spoiler: films her questionable-consenting blowjob and sends it out to the whole school, and she panics, thinking she's pregnant]]. The last section of the book reveals her to be desperate for love and with few real friends, [[spoiler: which drives her to suicide.]]

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* JerkassWoobie: Lori. Early scenes show her engaging in a mean, racist prank, and she cheats on Skippy, breaking his heart. But she's also engaged in a somewhat abusive "relationship" with Carl that mostly involves exchanging sex for drugs (which she wants because of her insecurity about her body), and you can't help but feel for her when he [[spoiler: films her questionable-consenting blowjob and sends it out to the whole school, and she panics, thinking she's pregnant]]. The last section of the book reveals her to be desperate for love and with few real friends, which drives her to suicide.


* TheWoobie: Skippy. He's a sweet, innocent, {{Adorkable}} kid who is the center of his friend group. The first two thirds of the book detail his life getting destroyed under a gauntlet of assaults: getting bullied at school, dealing with his mom's slow death, having his heart broken in a shocking way, [[spoiler: being raped by his swim coach]], and becoming addicted to drugs to cope with it all... Heartbreaking.

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* TheWoobie: Skippy. He's a sweet, innocent, {{Adorkable}} kid who is the center of his friend group. The first two thirds of the book detail his life getting destroyed under a gauntlet of assaults: getting bullied at school, dealing with his mom's slow death, having his heart broken in a shocking way, [[spoiler: being raped by his swim coach]], and becoming addicted to drugs to cope with it all... And then he dies at the age of 14. Heartbreaking.


* TheWoobie: Skippy. Sweet merciful Jesus, Skippy.

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* TheWoobie: Skippy. Sweet merciful Jesus, Skippy.He's a sweet, innocent, {{Adorkable}} kid who is the center of his friend group. The first two thirds of the book detail his life getting destroyed under a gauntlet of assaults: getting bullied at school, dealing with his mom's slow death, having his heart broken in a shocking way, [[spoiler: being raped by his swim coach]], and becoming addicted to drugs to cope with it all... Heartbreaking.


* TheScrappy: Lori.


* LawfulEvil: Arguably, Costigan and the other school officials who, among other things, [[spoiler: cover up incidents like Skippy's being molested by his swimming coach and being driven to commit suicide from it]] to maintain Seabrook College's shining reputation.


* RewatchBonus: The more you reread the book, the better you understand what's going on. For example, [[spoiler: For example, you start to recognize the ton of {{Foreshadowing}} that Skippy was molested by his swimming coach.]] And you start picking up on all the HarsherInHindsight moments.

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* RewatchBonus: The more you reread the book, the better you understand what's going on. For example, [[spoiler: For example, you start to recognize the ton of {{Foreshadowing}} that Skippy was molested by his swimming coach.]] And you start picking up on all the HarsherInHindsight moments.


* NightmareFuel: ''Carl.'' Just [[TheSociopath everything]] [[TeensAreMonsters about]] [[CrazyJealousGuy Carl.]]
** Carl sets fire to Skippy's (wooden) locker [[GreenEyedMonster to make him pay for daring to court Lori when Carl has decided she's ''his''.]] When Skippy comes running, he sees Carl staring at him with EmptyEyes, looking positively hellish in the firelight.
** When Skippy challenges Carl to the fight, he shows no emotion, and Skippy [[EmptyEyes thinks looking into his eyes is like looking into an abyss.]] Skippy tells him he wants to fight, and Carl laughs slowly and mechanically, like a robot. The whole description of him makes him seem inhuman. Then, he leans in close to Skippy's ear, and whispers, "You faggot, [[IllKillYou I am going to kill you."]]
** The sequences where Skippy is feeling the effects of the painkillers are so surreal and unnerving, they qualify as this.
** The scene where Carl and Barry are caught by the gang of drug dealers, and the thugs [[spoiler: act as if they]] are going to murder them right there for stepping on their turf. Cool and calculating Barry is ''terrified,'' but what's worse is freaking Carl. Part of him is scared, but he is mostly excited to watch Barry die, seeing it as fitting for getting them both into this. [[spoiler: Even after the gang reveals they were only joking, they still pin Barry down and break his arm with a metal bar. The only reason they don't do the same to Carl is that they see the dozens of [[CoveredWithScars cuts he's made on his arm]], think he's crazy, and back off.]]


* The Scrappy: Lori.

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* The Scrappy: TheScrappy: Lori.

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* RewatchBonus: The more you reread the book, the better you understand what's going on. For example, [[spoiler: For example, you start to recognize the ton of {{Foreshadowing}} that Skippy was molested by his swimming coach.]] And you start picking up on all the HarsherInHindsight moments.
* The Scrappy: Lori.


** When Skippy challenges Carl to the fight, he shows no emotion, and Skippy [[EmptyEyes thinks looking into his eyes is like looking into an abyss.]] Skippy tells him he wants to fight, and Carl laughs slowly and mechanically, like a robot. The whole description of him makes him seem inhuman. Then, he leans in close to Skippy's ear, and whispers, "You faggot, [[IllKillYou I am going to kill you."

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** When Skippy challenges Carl to the fight, he shows no emotion, and Skippy [[EmptyEyes thinks looking into his eyes is like looking into an abyss.]] Skippy tells him he wants to fight, and Carl laughs slowly and mechanically, like a robot. The whole description of him makes him seem inhuman. Then, he leans in close to Skippy's ear, and whispers, "You faggot, [[IllKillYou I am going to kill you.""]]

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** When Skippy challenges Carl to the fight, he shows no emotion, and Skippy [[EmptyEyes thinks looking into his eyes is like looking into an abyss.]] Skippy tells him he wants to fight, and Carl laughs slowly and mechanically, like a robot. The whole description of him makes him seem inhuman. Then, he leans in close to Skippy's ear, and whispers, "You faggot, [[IllKillYou I am going to kill you."

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** Carl sets fire to Skippy's (wooden) locker [[GreenEyedMonster to make him pay for daring to court Lori when Carl has decided she's ''his''.]] When Skippy comes running, he sees Carl staring at him with EmptyEyes, looking positively hellish in the firelight.


** The scenes where Skippy is feeling the effects of the painkillers are so surreal and unnerving, they qualify as this.

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** The scenes sequences where Skippy is feeling the effects of the painkillers are so surreal and unnerving, they qualify as this.this.
** The scene where Carl and Barry are caught by the gang of drug dealers, and the thugs [[spoiler: act as if they]] are going to murder them right there for stepping on their turf. Cool and calculating Barry is ''terrified,'' but what's worse is freaking Carl. Part of him is scared, but he is mostly excited to watch Barry die, seeing it as fitting for getting them both into this. [[spoiler: Even after the gang reveals they were only joking, they still pin Barry down and break his arm with a metal bar. The only reason they don't do the same to Carl is that they see the dozens of [[CoveredWithScars cuts he's made on his arm]], think he's crazy, and back off.]]


* NightmareFuel: ''Carl.'' Just [[TheSociopath everything]] [[TeensAreMonsters about]] [[TheBully Carl.]]

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* NightmareFuel: ''Carl.'' Just [[TheSociopath everything]] [[TeensAreMonsters about]] [[TheBully [[CrazyJealousGuy Carl.]]

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