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Literature / Boy Meets Girl

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Boy Meets Girl is an adult romance novel by Meg Cabot.

Kate Mackenzie only wants commitment, a job helping people, and a new apartment. Her ex-boyfriend Dale has refused to commit, her boss Amy Jenkins forces Kate to fire the dessert cart lady for refusing to serve pie to a Jerkass lawyer, and her real estate broker can't find a good place in New York. Things go From Bad to Worse when the lawyer's brother shows up to defend Kate in court, and starts falling for her.


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  • 0% Approval Rating: Amy Jenkins. People actually cheer when she is fired.
  • Alpha Bitch: Amy Jenkins. Her sorority sisters also count.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Apparently the Hertzogs are this, much to Stuart, Amy and Mrs. Hertzog's chagrin.
  • Amoral Attorney: Stuart Hertzog is this in addition to being a Jerkass. Averted with Clarissa Doyle, who is actually nice, as well as with Mitch.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After Amy Jenkins gets fired.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mitch, oh so much. Tim Grabowski in IT as well given he's able to locate the email that later gets Amy Jenkins fired for "forgery and insubordination."
  • Big Brother Instinct: Mitch and Stacy have this towards their sister Janice/Sean, especially when Stuart wants to send her to an anti-gay camp.
  • Birds of a Feather: Amy and Stuart. No wonder they get along so well.
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  • Brain Bleach: Mitch's reaction when Janice/Sean tells him a drug-detecting spray made her underwear sticky.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mitchell Hertzog in contrast to his brother, since he knows law well while acting charming and goofy.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Surprising to find but they are there.
    • The email Amy Jenkins sends to Kate telling her to not give Ida Lopez a written letter of reprimand.
    • For Janice/Sean, the hundred thousand dollars that her grandfather left her, which she later uses to return to college and her girlfriend Sarah.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tim Grakbowski from IT.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. Hertzog Senior, as revealed in the only email he sends everyone.
  • Cool Big Siblings: Stacy and Mitch are this to their kid sister Sean/Janice.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Mitch apparently has this trait, as everyone who knows him will say. He falls for Kate partly because she needs rescuing.
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  • Determinator: Mitch, oh so much.
  • Easily Forgiven: Kate tries not to forgive Mitch for getting her fired, but it's hard to resist a guy who sends flowers as an apology, bakes up a mean shrimp scampi, and is working to get your job back.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Dolly's fling is called Skiboy because he's a skiing instructor.
  • Gold Digger: Why Amy is marrying Stuart; his family is one of the Old Rich.
  • Heroic BSoD: Kate after Amy fires her for supposed perjury.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Amy, Stuart and Mrs. Herzog who are all horrified that Janice/Sean is a lesbian, Stuart even suggests sending her to one of those conversion therapy camps.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If Mitch hadn't been gung-ho on proving Amy a liar about sending a written letter of reprimand to Ida, he wouldn't have given Amy an excuse to fire Kate.
  • Pet the Dog: Mitch convinces Dolly Vargas to offer Kate a place to stay. Dolly also has cures for hangovers, which comes in useful after Kate gets drunk
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Newspaper CEO Peter Hargrave, especially when he sees proof that Ida was fired unfairly.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Dale becomes this after Kate moves out, to the point where Mitch offers to help Kate file a restraining order against Dale.
  • The Shrink: Subverted with Kate. Mitch thinks she ought to go into private therapy since she is good with helping people, but Kate doesn't have the funds to go to graduate school.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Dolly claims to be in an open relationship with Peter Hargrave, but she still hides her affair with a skiing instructor.
  • You Know What You Did: Ida says this as an explanation for not giving Stuart Hertzog pie: "He knows good and proper."

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