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Cast of Characters

Penny Levac
Popular with almost all the boys... and with the other girls who are popular with boys. But Penny has only a few real friends. A trendsetter within her high school, a trend-watcher outside of it, Penny has intelligence but little patience for schoolwork—as far as she's concerned, her future is modeling, acting and marrying rich. She loves her parents but is highly dissatisfied with their example. Penny has kept her friends a bit closer since the emergence of Karen.
Aggie d'Amour
Aggie is eccentric, easy to approach but hard to know. She likes being the weird one, the one no one can predict, and cultivates creative and political interests like poetry, art and animal rights. She hides considerable sadness about her mother's passing, and her crush on Marshall can reduce her to red-faced incoherence, but her wry wit carries her through most situations, and she's beginning to make friends she can count on.
Sara
One of Penny's best friends, Sara has a tendency to decide she knows her friends better than they do, whether she does or not. She's especially convinced that Penny and Aggie are a passionate love affair waiting to happen. In fact, she frequently thinks others are gay, and her reactions to boys usually range from boredom to distaste, and there was that time she fantasized about Lindsay Lohan, but she's sure it doesn't mean anything. Almost sure.
Michelle
Penny's other best friend, who supports her in nearly all things. Her father's interest in publishing has put a strain on her finances, making it more difficult for her to relate to Penny's group. Michelle desperately wants a boyfriend, and after a long string of hopeless crushes, she's set her sights on Stan.
Karen
A former ugly duckling whom Penny and Aggie helped transform into a swan. She relishes her newfound power over girls and boys alike, but fears losing that power as easily as she gained it. She regards Aggie as part of her past and Penny as an “alpha” to be challenged by any means necessary. It's fortunate she knows nothing about Aggie's crush on her boyfriend Marshall. If she has a more benevolent side, Marshall is its focus. Marshall and Karen attend a different high school than Penny and Aggie.
Marshall
The object of many girls' affections, and Karen's boyfriend. Marshall has a lot of poise and self-reliance, which conceals his insecurities from everyone but those who know him best. Aggie and Nick are beginning to enter that inner circle. Comfortable expressing selfless love for Karen or dislike of Penny, uncomfortable with passions like lust or hatred. As a runner and a weight trainer, Marshall knows the human body well, but seems to prefer keeping his own under firm control.
Stan
A fast-talking go-getter, Stan plays the game of life to win. His self-serving side is usually evident and he uses obnoxious nicknames, but many forgive him easily, because he genuinely loves to see people smile, which makes him especially successful in class politics and with girls. Stan has some doubts about his own sexuality and at least a serious hero-worship of Rich, which means he never quite got along with Penny.
Jack
Seemingly Stan's wingman for life, quiet and self-effacing where Stan is loud and self-promotional. Jack's scrapper side only seems to come out under the influence of alcohol.
Rich
A man's man of sixteen, Rich had ambitions to “have” the most popular girl in school and to become a professional skateboarder. He managed his first goal for a while, capturing Penny's interest and maybe even her heart before pride and peer pressure split them up. He's been slow to get over her, but still has the worship of his boy pals and adoring “groupies” to console him.
Duane
A clever writer, magazine editor, class president-elect and cute nerd, Duane is friends with Aggie but had a serious thing for Penny. He's rarely been seen since she broke up with him, perhaps burying himself in his work.
Brandi
Although she's hooked up with many boys, Brandi is very secure and mature, and had no problem remaining good friends with Stan after they both moved on to other partners. Also a friend to Penny, she does her best to remain nonpartisan in high school's balkanized culture.
Katy-Ann
An upbeat Christian, Katy-Ann may be too mature for her own good: her broad perspective on life sometimes blinds her to the importance her friends put on their own problems. Still, it lends her an air of sophistication which lets her fit in with Penny's group, though her wacky artistic side wouldn't be out of place with Aggie's.
Nick
Aggie's father is that rare animal, a genuinely cool parent. A math teacher at a school other than Penny and Aggie's, he's at ease with teens and adults. He's less at ease with the prospect of dating again. He misses Aggie's mother, and knows Aggie misses her even more.
Charisma
An extremely athletic woman in her thirties, Charisma owns and manages Bronzo's Gym. She had Marshall young, without planning on it, a decision she came to regret. Their relationship is strained at best, hostile at worst.
Lisa
As self-consciously weird as Aggie. Lisa's passions are more pop-cultural than political, but once she and Aggie got the chance to talk, they bonded almost instantly.
Meg
Before Karen, before Aggie, Penny's archenemy was Meg, whom she compromised with embarrassing photos. Meg wants revenge and, worse, is willing to bide her time to get it.
Samantha
When rumors circulated that Penny was a racist, Samantha bought into it and never stopped believing afterward. Now conspiring with Meg and feeding information to Karen.
Cyndi
Cyndi has been seen consorting with both Penny and Karen. No one yet knows if she's picked a side.
Melody
Seen only in a flashback or photo or two, Aggie's mother has been gone for three years but still exerts an influence over her and Nick. It seems she was a protestor, and a hippie long after it was fashionable.
Charlotte
Seldom seen without a gigantic crucifix necklace, Charlotte practices a stark brand of Christianity which can't conceal her deep, abiding, free-floating rage, a rage which seems directed inward as well as outward. She doesn't appear to be above fantasizing about Marshall.
Tharqa
Despite a superficial pleasantness, Tharqa seems to lack in ethics what she makes up in body mass. Along with Charlotte and perhaps Helen, one of the “omega wolves” of Penny and Aggie's high school.
Helen
Helen was close to Penny before Penny found “cooler friends,” then to Charlotte and Tharqa before incurring Charlotte's wrath, and is currently close to Aggie and Karen but doesn't really fit in with their self-confident cliques. Her only relationship ended due to her boyfriend's lack of interest. All things considered, it's no surprise that Helen craves validation and approval.
Fred and Daphne
Not much is known about these two—they liked what Aggie had to say during her run for student office, and have enjoyed her company ever since. They share at least some of her eccentricities. Fred has an interest in good grooming, while Daphne has selective fashion-blindness and a bit of a devious side.
Bob and Elmer
Less is known about these guys. Not especially smart or attractive or tough, they may have a bit of a mean streak but lack the initiative to make it matter much.

Lynda
Penny's
brainy
mom.
Rob
Penny's
downbeat
dad.
Finister
Aggie's
curious
rat.
Charles
Penny's
aristocratic
cat.
Thank you to Olivera T. for coloring the cast page :)

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