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John Conlan

John is a complicated guy. First of all, he has a real problem with any kind of authority. He is in constant conflict with his father; he lies to his teachers and refers to them as "retarded." In f...

Lorraine Jensen

Lorraine Jenson, a high school sophomore, is sensitive, compassionate and very skillful at observing and interpreting others. For instance, she tells us: "John has compassion deep inside of him, wh...

Mr. Pignati

Mr. Pignati is a lonely, widowed, retired electrician who lives alone in a messy house in John and Lorraine's neighborhood. John describes him as in his late fifties, "pretty big" with a "bit of a...

Lorraine's Mother

Lorraine's mom has a hard life. She works as a home-care nurse for terminally-ill, elderly patients. She's been a single mother since before Lorraine was born; while she was pregnant with Lorraine,...

John's Father

John's dad is one stressed-out guy. First of all, he has an incredibly stressful job as a commodities broker on the Coffee Exchange, where he works with John's brother, Kenny. This is how John desc...

John's Mother

John's mother is, he tells us, a "disinfectant fanatic" (3). All she does, it seems, is clean, clean, clean. She deals with the tension between John and his father by either ignoring it or suggesti...

Norton Kelly

Norton is John and Lorraine's classmate, a mean guy who steals electronics and sells them illegally. John compares him to an amoeba (3) and a caveman (9). He was there the day that Lorraine first p...
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