Introducing Robin Graziano, Hillary’s Love Interest in The Unicornologist  

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Introducing Robin Graziano, Hillary’s Love Interest in The Unicornologist  

Last month I introduced Hillary Noone, the protagonist of my work-in-progress. Today it’s Robin’s turn.

Robin is a high school freshman and an Army brat. His family has moved 15 times in the last 15 years. He is remarkably well-grounded in his faith, which has helped him cope with the constant upheavals in his life. He looks a little like this:

Josh Hutcherson. Photo by Liam Mendez.

Josh Hutcherson.
Photo by Liam Mendez.

Okay, this is a picture of the guy who played Peeta in the The Hunger Games movies. I picture Robin looking something like him, but with slightly longer hair.

When Robin’s family moves to Pineywood, he’s afraid he won’t fit in. He meets Hillary and Allie in the woods and they become instant friends. For a while they are like the three musketeers. He senses that Allie would like to be more than friends, but he doesn’t want to go there yet. Later, Allie alienates both Robin and Hillary, and they are left with each other by default.

Hillary enlists Robin to help her with a mission. She shares all the information she has gleaned from her study of unicorns. When she talks about the allegory of the tapestries, it strikes a chord with him because of his deep faith. However, because he will be traveling with his family that summer, he can’t help her with her quest.

When he comes back from his trip, he finds a distraught Hillary in the woods. He talks through the whole experience with her, sharing his spiritual insight. He helps Hillary process what she’s learned, and takes it one step further: how will Hillary change the way she lives, knowing what she now knows?

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