The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project
The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

by Lenore Appelhans

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same clichés for readers' entertainment. Then he meets Zelda, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Geek Chic subtype), and falls head over heels in love. Zelda's in therapy too, along with several other Manic Pixies. But TropeTown has a dark secret, and if Riley and his fellow Manic Pixies don't get to the bottom of it, they may all be terminated.


Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Riley is the main character of the novel and lives in a town where each person plays a role in a novel. There is a 'reader world' where authors will write their books and use these literary tropes to fill in characters as they write. Riley is supposed to represent the quintessential 'dream girl', except he is a boy and doesn't enjoy his job as a literary trope. This lands him in group therapy where he meets his love interest, another pixie dream girl, named Zelda. 

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