Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Ocean City. Actually, KAA started writing "Ocean City" before all the "Boyfriends Girlfriends" books were published. "Summer" came out in '96, around the same time as "Animorphs," and "EverWorld" debuted years after "Animorphs" had already become a hit.
8. "Making Out" contained 28 books. However, 20 of those books were ghostwritten. (And pretty horribly, might I add.) Only the first 8 books were penned by KAA under the name "Boyfriends Girlfriends" back in '94.
|By the last book of the series, every couple was either together, or was obviously going to get back together. Except one. Which one was it?||"Making Out" by Katherine Applegate
Claire and Jake. I don't know if you can even accurately call Claire and Jake a couple. But there were certainly sparks between them. Anyway, in the end, Claire ended up with Paolo and poor Jake ended up alone. :-(
Harvard. She ALMOST ended up at Princeton, but at the last minute, got into Harvard. Zoey went to Berkeley and Claire went to MIT.
Aisha Gray. Hah! This was a bit of a difficult question, wasn't it? Nina's early molestation doesn't count because she wasn't willing. Nina's later experience with Benjamin doesn't count either, because Jake lost his virginity to "Easy Louisey" Kronenberger long before then. But even Jake lost out to Aisha, who lost her virginity to her old boyfriend Jeff (remember him?) at age 14.
His optimism and sense of humor. Benjamin was pretty comfortable with his blindness - until he found out he might be able to see again. After the operation failed, he fell into a deep depression, and his ironic good humor turned into sardonic barbs at anyone daring enough to come near him.
In order to seduce Jake. She has no interest in winning Benjamin back; he's too smart. He figures out her schemes. And while Claire tends to make Nina's life a living hell, she usually doesn't set out specifically to do it. No, the ski trip was all about getting some alone time with Jake, under the guise of bringing the Island kids closer together.
The chauffeur. Benjamin often pokes fun at his own blindness, partly so no one else can make fun of it first, and partly to figure out who's "cool." If he invites a new friend into his room, points to an upside-down poster of kittens, delivers a speech about "this excellent Renoir," and the person laughs, they're cool. But God help anyone who tries to patronize him.
Nina Geiger. Nina's secret is discovered - and dealt with in great depth - in the third book, "Nina Won't Tell."
Jake McRoyan. Jake's alcoholism is something with which he struggles throughout the series.
They're both black, so everyone expects it. Aisha is in charge of her own life and refuses to bow to people's clichéd stereotypes.. Christopher does work quite hard - but that's not the reason Aisha won't go out with him. She just has to prove in every way possible that she decides her own destiny. Also, he's got quite an arrogant streak, which certainly doesn't help things.
Her romanticism. Although certain readers (namely Nina/Benjamin fans) may have a different opinion, Aisha doesn't share their opinion. Zoey is in love with love, and despite being a nice person, this often creates problems in her life when she falls head over heels for two guys at once. Zoey has written the first chapter of a romance novel 20-something times, and it usually reflects her current love life more than her creativity. The obsession with "Sports Night" is mine alone.
Claire Geiger. Claire suffered a concussion during the crash and lost all memory of the event. Wade, as I mentioned before, died. And Jake was not involved.
Lucas Cabral. Lucas admitted that he was the one driving drunk that night in order to protect his girlfriend, Claire - the real driver. He paid for the crime by spending 2 years in juvenile hall.
Wade McRoyan. Wade is Jake's older brother. ("Jake" appears to be one of KAA's favorite names; she named the main character of "Animorphs" Jake, as well as her own son!) Jake's alcoholism later on in the series is largely a result of Wade's death. Holly is his little sister. Casey McCall was a character on the short-lived ABC dramedy "Sports Night," and does not appear in the book series. Although sometimes I wish he did. ;-)