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Minerva "Min" Green

  • Jewish and Nerdy: She's Jewish and a bookish film buff.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Al. She insists they're Just Friends, their friend group thinks otherwise. They're not half-wrong.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed. While Min is a quirky, idiosyncratic heroine in love with a brooding, arguably boring male, the story is hers, not Ed's, and we hear it in her words; she doesn't exist to further his character development. He, ultimately, exists to stimulate hers.
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  • The Movie Buff: Old films are something of an obsession for Min.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: She isn't by the end of the book, though.
  • Oblivious to Love: Min is utterly unawares to Al's feelings for her.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Played with, but averted, since Min, of social anonymity, only inadvertently ends up dating Ed, the Big Man on Campus. She's uninterested in, perhaps even a bit daunted by, his popularity.


Ed Slaterton

  • Academic Athlete: Ed is best known as a basketball star, but he's also secretly a gifted math student who carries a protractor in his back pocket.
  • Big Man on Campus: Ed is athletic, intelligent, and has captured the hearts of his high school.
  • Jerk Jock: Initially, we see him as more of a Lovable Jock, though he reveals himself to be much more of the former.
  • Missing Mom: His mother is apparently incredibly, possibly terminally, ill. He refuses to discuss it.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He repeatedly uses homosexual slurs.



Joan Slaterton

  • Cool Big Sis: Min is almost more impressed with Joan than she is with Ed, her boyfriend.





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