Study Guide

The Usual Rules Characters

By Joyce Maynard

Wendy

Growing up is notoriously difficult, and few periods are harder than the early teens years. Our...

Janet

Even though Wendy and her mother are fighting a lot before Janet dies, Janet is still a good...

Garrett

Wendy doesn't see a lot of her father, Garrett, growing up, and it's no wonder: Dude's a total...

Josh

Even though he's not Wendy's "real" father, Wendy has always considered her stepfather, Josh, to...

Louie

From day one, Wendy has always adored Louie, her adorable baby brother. In fact, she's always...

Carolyn

When Wendy meets Carolyn, Garrett's girlfriend, she sees her as the ultimate Californian cool...

Alan

When Wendy moves to Davis and starts skipping out on school altogether, she spends much of her...

Violet

Wendy's new friend Violet is a bit of a rough-and-tumble teenager—nothing like the kids...

Grandmother

Wendy's grandmother on her father's side isn't exactly the kind of warm and fuzzy granny who...

Todd

While spending Thanksgiving with her grandmother in San Francisco, Wendy meets her very own...

Amelia

Amelia is Wendy's BFF since the first grade, and she's always there for her, even if she can...

Kate

Kate is Janet's best friend since forever, and Wendy's grown up knowing her as a kind of adopted...

Minor Characters

After befriending Alan, the bookstore owner, Wendy also gets to know his son Tim. Although Tim is...