Being a member of the A.V Club, the treasurer of the A.V Club, and having straigth A's, Lyle, Charlie's friend, has to be the biggest geek in school. But aside from that, it was Lyle that burned Lemonade Mouth's music into a C.D that got the whole school listening to them more and more.
Lyle, the nerdiest kid at school, is smart, loyal, positive and always has a quick witt.
Mohini,or best known by her freinds as "Mo," has to be the prettiest, smartest, most popular, and not to mention the friendliest girl in the fictional town of Opequonsett, Rhode Island, where the book is set. A talented bass player, Mo strives for perfection and believes that she is destined to achieve great things in life. She has several relationships, two of them being romantic: briefly dating Scott Pickett until she caught him cheating, forming a friendship with Rajeev Kumar, her old next door neighbor from Calcutta, whom she used to play in the sand with when she was a baby, and carrying on a loyal, committed, romantic relationship with her now-boyfriend and drummer of Lemonade Mouth, Charlie Hirsh. According to Mo, her father and mother are very strict and perhaps sometimes a little uptight, such as when she mentions that if she gets a detention or even kissed by a boy, they might disown her, but they soon lighten up to the idea of Mo's new-found independence and her love for Charlie, even thought they're not entirely fond about their daughter dating an American boy. After kissing Charlie at the end of the first book, Mo and Charlie date well into the summer between their freshman and sophomore year. Most of Mo's storylines in the first book were her constantly trying to be a good girl to please her overprotective parents, struggling with peer pressure, her secret relationship with Scott, her growing feelings for Charlie, and subsquently her identity of being from India and getting raised in an American culture.
In the book, Mo was born in Calcutta, India, where she used to play in the sand with her nextdoor neighbor Rajeev Kumar. However, her parents moved to America to give their baby Indian princess a better life. Due to this, her mom and dad are a little Nazi-like and very strict with their daughter, who knows they just want her to be happy and have a good future. Since kindergarden, Mo became best friends with Naomi Fishmier, who aspires to be a journalist. Mo is part of many extra-carricular activities, such as debate team, double bass lessons and advanced classes. In reality, underneath that exotic beauty, you learn Mo is more than just a perfect, pretty little face whoes goal is to become Daddy's Little Girl: she wants independence, a song, and, most of all, a great boy to love her, like every other American girl. She begins dating Scott Pickett in the beginning of the year until she caught him cheating. From the beginning of her freshman year of high school, Mo made it her soul perpous to do whatever it took to make her parents happy and proud of her.
Mo is introduced as a popular student at Opequonsett High who is dating the school's heartthrob soccer player, Scott Pickett, who is the drummer of popular local rock band, Mudslide Crush. Later, while the two are making out in the bushes, Mo and Scott are caught by a teacher, and the two end up getting detention.
In the detention room, Mo, Olivia, Stella, Charlie and Wen are fooling around by playing a song heard in a radeo comercial. The next day, expecting to be in trouble, Mo and the others are shocked that Mrs. Reznik wants them to form a band. Mo, busy with her boyfriend, A.P classes, bass intructions with Mrs. Reznik and working at her family's Indian grocery store, refuses to do so.
A couple days later, Mo gets called down to Bruno's Pizza Planet by Stella, who wants to form the band. Mo is unsure about this, but finally agrees if everyone else would do it, too.
At rehearsal, the five don't get along, but soon learn how to work together.
That night, Mo is at a begining-of-the-year party for Mudslide Crush, with Scott. While making out, Mo over-hears Ray Beech talking to his girlfriend, Patty Norris, about a band cutting Mudslide Crush's set at the school's Halloween Bash short. Mo asks Scott what's going on, and Scott tells Mo about how Stella convinced Brenigan, the vice-principal, to let Stella, Mo, Olivia, Charlie and Wen perform at the Bash. Mo asks Scott if he knows who's in this band and he simply says, "I only heard about Stella and that loser Charlie Hirsh. Oh, and Olivia Whitehead. Now there's a real whack-job." Mo, upset that Scott insulted her band mates the way he did, simply says she's one of those freaks and she doesn't care what Ray and his friends think because she came to enjoy participating in the band. The two begin to fight, but make up after kissing each other.
After the band can't decide on a name, rumors fly about them cutting Mudslide Crush's show. Mo and Charlie soon catch Ray Beech, picking on Olivia physically and emotionally, causing Olivia go into her shell to try and push Ray away, making it clear that she is feeling uncomfortable. Mo gets upset when Ray continues to pressure Olivia, and ends up being the first one to confront him, as a result of Ray calling her Benedict Arnold. Stella then goes to defend them, and spits her lemonade in the bully's face, which earns them their band name.
Mo's father soon becomes concerned about his daughter spending time with Charlie, afriad that they might be getting serius. Mo is skeptical and assures her dad she has no feeling for Charlie what so ever.
A few days before the Bash, Mo and the others discover that the Mel's Organic Frozen Lemonade machine will be getting removed from school property due to a deal with a soda company sponsoring for the new gym.
Later, Mo tearfully tells Charlie that Scott dumped her for his old girlfriend, Lynn Westerberg.
At the Bash, the band members take the stage and everybody is impressed by their new sound and unique style in music and how they got it put together. Stella makes a speach opposing the decisions for the school, and Brenigan shuts thems down.
Later, Mo and the others go to Olivia's house to comfort her after one of her cats, Nancy, dies. After worrying about what Brenigan will do to them, they spill out their troubles. Mo admits that she feels that she doesn't belong anywhere because she was born in India and got brought up in an American culture.
The fallowing Monday, Mo and her friends get called down to Brenigan's office, where he tells them that they were incidating people when Stella made her speach. He doesn't susspend them, but gives them a week of detention and forbids them from performing in any school activities.
Later, to Mo's horror, she discovers she is in love with Charlie, and from then on, swears to God on her mother's grave that she is done with the lying and sneaking around behind her parents' backs. Lyle Dwarkin, Charlie's friend, helps them out by selling Lemonade Mouth CD's and getting them a gig at Bruno's Pizza Planet, which skyrockets their popularity. But as things get brighter for Lemonade Mouth, things start falling apart. Piece by Piece. One disaster at a time. It starts with Mo getting sick with a fever of hundred and two. She gets a call from Stella on the day of battle of the bands, Catch a RI-Zing Star, who informs her that the Mel's machine at the middle school is going to be removed. On her way out of the house, Mo and her dad get into a heated fight, and Mo shouts that although she respects her parents, she will never by perfect and states that she loves Charlie as more than a friend and would not want to do anything to hurt him.
At the Opequonsett Middle School, the band members get into an argument with the men removing the machine. Police arrive and the group is arrested.
At Catch a RI-Zing Star, Mo and the others attempt to perform one of their songs, but nobody could play due to their injuries. As they start to leave, the kids in the audience start to sing the song and give Lemonade Mouth a standing ovation.
Later on, Mo's parents tell her they will try to accept her new-found independence. Mo tells Charlie that she is in love with him, kisses him, and the two begin dating.
In the second book, Mo and Charlie are an official couple. Mo soon learns that her old next door neighbor, Rajeev Kumar, is going to be staying with her and her family for six weeks to get used to life in America. He and Mo hit it off, talking about their love for music, plans to go their own path and not wanting to end up getting married at the age of eighteen. Their constant spending time together worries Charlie, who begins to get jealous and ends up confronting Mo. Mo assures him, but Charlie is still feeling insecure. He later apologizes to Mo for his hostile behavior. When Lemonade Mouth ends up becoming clients for Earl Decker, a highly demanding music agent, they are initially excited about this: the idea of sold out tours and albums. The kids agree to do an ad, but immediately change their minds when they learn the ad is being used to make Lemonade Mouth into something that's not normal, but flawless, with the people turning Mo's eyes green. They somehow manage to stand up for themselves and show that they are like the second generation of Lady Gaga and after Stella says nobody will own Lemonade Mouth, they do exactly what Taylor Swift did: walk away, and become successful without the money and designer clothes. They eventually clear things up with Mudslide Crush, settling all rifts between the two bands.
Mo is portrayed as an intelligent, hard-working Indian girl who is from Calcutta, the land of arranged marraige. On top of her academic grades, she is soft-hearted, kind, sweet, beautiful and perhaps sometimes a little shy and naive. She is extremely vocal about her oppinions and what she wants in life, and nothing is going to stop her from getting to the other side, which is finding a great boy to love her and becoming a successful basist. Best friends with Charlie, she is also in love with him and cares for him, such as when she yells at her dad saying that she likes Charlie a lot and wishes to be with him, but at the same time doesn't want her dad miserable. Mo loves being able to fly free like a butterfly and is happy when she gets to spend time with her band mates, as they are the only people she feels she can be herself around, rather than at home, where her parents practically look over her shoulder every time she moves. Mo is very protective of her Hindu roots and hates to do anything to disappoint her parents and will do just about anything to make her mother and father proud. In the first book, Mo goes through an identity crissis, and while dating Scott Pickett, Mo found herself struggling with peer pressure, as Scott had his ways of manipulating the sweet but naive Mo, such as persuading her to drink alcohol underage for the first time, convincing her into skipping class with him so they could make-out in the bushes behind the gym, and, worst of all, making her think that he was actually in love with her, but in reality, he was using her exotic beauty and kindness to make his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Westerberg, jealous. Although usually very sweet, she can sometimes be seen as judgemental, as seen when she says, "Supergirl doesn't get stuck with a bunch of losers in detention." However, her occasional misunderstanding towards people seems to soften when she begins to growing fond of Stella and having a liking of Olivia. Her best friend is Naomi Fishmeir, which is a hugely known fact, as no matter how many stupid decisions Mo makes, Naomi always seems to bring out the best in her. Despite being very tiny and a little shy, whenever any of her friends are being pushed or harassed, Mo will not hesitate to confront others, as shown when she steps up and, along with Charlie, confronts Ray about his treatment of Olivia. Both Mo and Charlie apear to be very angry and upset about the bullying. This kind of action is also shown at Bruno's Pizza Planet when she glares at Ray for calling her "Hot Curry"----meaning sexy and/or a slut, which she resents being labled as. Mo doesn't like seeing people sad, and will comfort those who are hurting, such as when Olivia is depressed over her cat, Nancy, dying, and Mo goes over to her house to comfort her. She also helps Charlie comfort Wen when he is insecure over his father hiring her ex-boyfriend. Mo also comforts Stella when Rajeev, her boyfriend, leaves for Texas, and helps her through her insecurities of a long-distanced relationship.
Mo is described as gorgeous, small, slim and dark skinned, with long, straight, shiny crow black hair and milk chocolate brown eyes. Mo is the girliest girl out of Olivia and Stella and just throws together dresses with blazers, skirts with T-shirts, and jeans with satin blouses at the last minute.
Um. . . . fine. . . Baba.
Scott Pickett don't be such an arrogant jerk!
It was a kiss. And you want to know how it felt?
He's cute. Does he like you?
How can you tell?
What's the matter with you, Ray? You're acting like a complete creep! Was it you who sent us that mobeil thing downstairs? Wait until Scott finds out about this!
What's going on here Ray?
Let me go, Baba! Stop pushing me! And stop trying to make me into your pefect little Bengali girl! That's not who I am! It's not who I'll ever be!
Okay, we get it, but shouldn't Lemonade Mouth's message come from us? The band?
I mean, it's not like we're really a product, right? Like a pair of sneakers or something?
Wendel "Wen" Gifford is the trumpet player in Lemonade Mouth. He is struggling with the fact that his father will be marrying his girlfriend, Sydney. On top of his problems at home, Wen also begins to discover his love for shy lead singer, Olivia Whitehead. Wen is a geek who loves his band members whole-heartedly. He is occasionally described as the wild one, never afraid to do what he loves and he knows what he wants. He is very put-together and his laid-back personality usually keeps the others from fighting. In the second book, Wen's crush on Olivia strengthens, and the two eventually share a kiss, becoming an official couple.
Prior to the book, Wen was best friends with two girls named Azra Quimby and Floey Packer. During eight grade, he and Azra had a brief, romantic relationship----Azra being his first kiss----but they broke up after things got complicated and the three-way-best-friendship splintered into peices. In addition, Wen's father is divorced and he lives with him and his little brother, until his dad, Norman, begins dating a beautiful part-time graphic artist, named Sydney, which Wen immediately dislikes, as he's afraid his dad will forget about his real mom.
Wen is introdiced as the son of his divorced father, Norman, who is dating Sydney, his girlfriend, who is sixteen years younger than he is. He rushes to get to history class, where painfully shy, lonely, over-weight, bookish girl, Olivia Whitehead, is. As he prepares to do his presentation, he realizes he grabbed a bunch of naked photos of his father's girlfriend. Humiliated, he flees out of the classroom, forever ruining his chances of going up the social latter, as he screwed things up with Floey Packer and his eight grade girlfriend, Azra Quimby. He becomes targeted by the school bully, a popular yet vicious junior named Ray Beech, who is member of a heavy metal band called Mudslide Crush. Ray bumps into him and tells him to watch where he is going, using a humiliating slur against Wen.
In detention, Wen, Charlie Hirsh, Mo Banerjee and Olivia disregard the rules and start playing a song which was in a radeo comercial. After getting called down to Mrs. Reznik's office, Mrs. Reznik attempts to persuade them to form a band, but all but Wen are reluctant.
At a meeting at Bruno's Pizza Planet, Wen and Stella are all for doing the band. Mo eventually agrees, but Olivia is too insecure and shy to sing in front of large crowds because she's afraid she'll get laughed at or teased, as it happened before. But after Wen pleads her, saying he believes in her, Olivia agrees to do it, but says she can't make any promises.
At the band's first rehearsal, everybody gets into a fight about the type of music they should play. Wen silences the fight by playing his trumpet and the band learns to work together. Later, Wen forms a friendship with Olivia after the two work on songs together, which brings the closer together.
At lunch, Stella complains about how the other members of that band eat things that contain meat. After Olivia says that her grandmother makes her lunches for her, Naomi Fishmier, Mo's friend and the school's gossipy reporter for the paper, asks Olivia where her parents are. Olivia just says the her mother left when she was little, so she doesn't remeber her, and her father is in prison for robbery and manslaughter, but she sees him often enough, and after, doesn't say a word, making the rest of the lunch hour awkwardly quiet.
Later, an upset Olivia tells Wen and the others that the Mel's Organic Frozen Lemonade machine is going to be removed from school proporty, and Stella and Charlie find out that it's because of a deal with a new scoreboard.
At a later rehearsal, the band stops rehearsal because not only Mo is not there, but Olivia is getting nervous and has a hard time remebering the words, so they cut the afternoon short. At home Wen is shocked to learn that his father will be marrying Sydney.
At the Halloween Bash, Wen, Stella and Charlie find a shaken Olivia in the girls' bathroom, where she was hiding, throwing up. Olivia is too scared to go on stage, and Wen, Stella and Charlie make her feel better by assuring her that they know how she's feeling, especially Stella. Before going on, Wen comes face-to-face with Floey and Azra, who arrive to wish him and the others good luck and the three rekindle their broken friendship.
On stage, Lemonade Mouth performs some songs that Olivia wrote with Wen, which becomes popular with the crowd, but unfortunetly, Stella's speach about the lemonade machine getting removed isn't so popular with the school's strict vice principal, Mr. Brenigan, so he shuts them down.
The next day, Wen calls Olivia at her place, and is shocked to hear her break down in tears, and a sobbing Olivia tells him that one of her cats, Nancy, died. Wen insists on coming over, and is fallowed by Charlie, Mo and Stella, who arrive to comfort Olivia. They hold a funeral for the cat and start worrying about what Brenigan will do to them on Monday, Mo and Olivia in particular, but after recieving a pep talk from Charlie, they spill out their issues at home. Wen tells his friends about how his father will be marrying his girlfriend and his parents' divorce (Stella knows where he's coming from, as some of her rebellious nature comes from her parents splitting up as well). Olivia walks Wen to his bike, where she tells him that maybe he should give Sydney a chance. Wen says that it will be bad if Sydney will be marrying Olivia's dad, but immediately regrets it and suddenly feels a little wierd, unaware of his romantic feelings for Olivia.
The fallowing Monday, the kids are called down to the vice principal's office, where Brenigan initially acts racist and traumatic towards them, saying that they were causing trouble. Stella opens her mouth to defend her friends, as she caused most of the trouble. Brenigan cuts her off, claiming that Olivia, Wen, Stella, Mo and Charlie were "incidating" people while they were telling the truth. He forbids them from playing at the school ever again and from participating in the school's Holiday Talent Show, saying Mrs. Reznik already removed their names from the list, leaving the kids devestated.
Later, with the help of Charlie's friend, Lyle, Lemonade Mouth gets a gig at Bruno's Pizza Planet, which skyrockets them to popularityn and the recieve more respect from their peers, and Stella insists on them auditioning for the anual battle of the bands, Catch a RI-Zing Star. They get one of their songs played on the air, which excites them all. They soon get a call from the people that run Catch a RI-Zing Star who tell them that one of the bands backed out at the last minute so they instantly get on the list.
Later Lemonade Mouth takes the day off to go with Olivia to visit her father in prison, where Olivia tells the whole story of what had happened with her parents. Wen feels sad for her, but also happy that she told them. Wen finds a new connection with his lead singer.
Later, Ray Beech hops onto the stage at Lemonade Mouth's gig before Catch a RI-Zing Star. There he steps up his bullying towards Lemonade Mouth, openly mocking Wen, Olivia, Stella, Charlie and Mo, enraging them. The fight eventually stops but the band is not allowed to play there anymore.
The next day, Wen informs Olivia via tellephone that Mo is sick with a hundred and two degree fever and Charlie got second-degree burns in his right hand. He tells her to meet him at the book store. There, Wen tells Olivia that his father wants him to be his best man at the wedding. Outside in a snow storm, Olivia and Wen get into a heated argument. Wen is shocked to see Olivia so angry, as he'd never seen her like that, let alone scream. Wen, humiliated and hurt about what he said, feels like he wants to punish himself for what he did. He goes up stares to use the bathroom, but runs smack into Sydney, who just got out of the shower. He runs down the stares and falls into a giant stone coffee table that was stuck on the top of the stares, severly injuring his lower lip. Instantly, Wen hates himself, for not only misjudging Sydney, but for also hurting Olivia, realizing all this time she'd been right. Sydney comes back with the phone, saying Stella needs him.
At the Opequonsett Middle School, Wen and the others show up, where the Mel's machine is going to be removed. Stella thinks of a plan, so the five lie in front of the truck where the machine is being held, and the delivery men call the cops, so the group is arrested, where they decide they're going to continue doing the competition.
At Catch a RI-Zing Star, the band tries to perform their song "Back Among the Walls," but nobody can play due to the mishaps that happened that day. As they leave, Ray Beech laughes and smiles happily. The kids in the audience, heartbroken at the thought of Lemonade Mouth ending, sing "Back Among the Walls" for the band members to thank them for all they've done. When the song finishes, the audience gives Lemonade Mouth a standing ovation, and Brenigan and Ray Beech finally back down.
Later the lemonade machines come back to the schools. Wen realizes his deep, romantic love for Olivia, and gives her a new kitten, which Olivia happily accepts, and the two are shown smiling at each other, obviously in love with one another.
At the start of the second book, Wen's father starts a company until he gets his job back, and hiring Scott Pickett, Mo's ex-boyfriend and Wen's nemesis. Wen's crush on Olivia increases and the two kiss, becoming an offical couple. After fighting Decker & Smythe Talent Co., the band mates' bond, friendships, relationships and personal lives heat up as the sun gets even hotter, and in the end, they become successful without all the money Decker & Smythe can throw at them.
Wen is the artsy, creative, imaginative, happy-go-lucky hipster of the group with a witty sence of humor. He is normally a nice guy in general. He makes everybody in the band laugh and is the most laid-back. Along with his sence of humor, Wen is pretty naive about the obvious things around him, so Olivia is always on his case about it, which he finds secretly irritating. Wen is first in the band to realize that Olivia is going through strong, emotional pain and how lonley and unhappy she seems to be, as she's the only person at school who doesn't have a mother or a father that's around, as his mom left after his parents got a divorce. Although usually very strong, he is unconfident with his singing, much like Olivia. He really likes Olivia and is into the same things she's into, such as P.G Wodehouse. Wen is very protective of his little brother and his father, as he doesn't think Sydney is the right person for his father to get married to, as she's still in her early twenties, although later he grows into accepting Sydney as a mom. However, in the second book, Wen becomes a lot more open about his crush on Olivia; in addition to this, Wen becomes the first person to make Olivia feel loved, beautiful, sexy, skinny, visible and worthy, which leads to them sharing their first kiss. Wen is also shown to be a very caring, warm-hearted person who is willing to commit to his relationship with Olivia, showing that he missed out on his chance with his ex-girlfriend, Azra, and he doesn't want to do the same with Olivia, and later on admits to Olivia that whenever he's around her, he feels as though he's no longer alone anymore, as his way of telling Olivia that he loves her far more than any girl he's ever dated, showing that he is completely devoted to her and nobody else. He is known for his wit, honesty, colorful, goofy sence of humor, and his fierce loyalty towards his friends. Wen, much like Olivia, has a selfless heart and wants the best for his friends and family. Wen always gives his all and stays committed to everything he puts first in life.
Wen is described as having black, rectangular-framed glasses, blond hair that falls to his eyes, and a colorful, preppy style.
So tell me. Is she living with us now or what?
Yes Olivia. We're your friends. We trust you.
Olivia, who are we talking about? Your parents?
But you wouldn't have to strain, Olivia. We'll get microphones.
I know what you mean. I'm scared too.
Oh yeah! And what do you know?
Then why did you do it?
I'm not lonely. I'm here with you.
I had no idea you were going through all this. Are you okay?
Why? This was never about me. You had to do whatever was right for you.
It's okay. I get it. You don't need to say any more, Olivia. I understand.
Charlie Hirsh is the drummer in the band who plays the kongas, timbales and bongos. He is struggling with the fact that he is alive instead of his still-born twin brother, Aaron, who lives in his imagination. Unable to choose his own path, he relies on a coin toss to make decisions, and that, along with his crush on Mo, it convinces him to give the band a shot. He shares his first kiss with Mo at the end of the first book, and as of Lemonade Mouth: Puckers Up, he and Mo are an official couple. As the second book progresses, Mo and Charlie's romantic relationship continues to heat up----they are still a couple at the end of the book----but Charlie ends up getting jealous when he begins to think Mo is attracted to Rajeev Kumar, who's staying with Mo and her family for the summer. He later apologizes to Mo for his doubts.
Since he was a kid, Charlie believed he was an only child, until he found out on his fourteenth birthday that his twin brother, Aaron, died when they were born. Due to this, Charlie began to struggle with descision-making, school and relationships with his parents. Before the band, Charlie's closest best friend is A.V Club geek, Lyle Dwarkin, who intends to help Charlie with anything possible. In addition, Charlie has had a long-standing crush on Mo Banerjee, one of the most popular girls in his grade, but due to the fact that she was secretly going out with soccer star, Scott Pickett, Charlie began to wonder if he was good enough for Mo, or any other girl. He is also mentioned to be A+ good at Metal Shop.
In study hall, Charlie has a dream about him playing his drums and his crush, Mo, is dancing. But unfortunetly, he keeps on getting distracted by the voice of his dead twin brother, Aaron. Then, he wakes up from his dream after getting hit with a spitball. Then, he notices Scott Pickett, the school bully Ray Beech and Dean Eagler, engrossed in their studies. Then, Charlie realizes that Scott was the one who threw the spitball at him. Charlie, angered, attempts to throw a spitball at Scott, but ends up hitting Mo instead.
In detention, Charlie and the other kids start playing a song that was played in a radeo comercial. The next day, Charlie, Mo, Stella, Wen and Olivia are called down to the music room where they expect to be in trouble, but are shocked that Mrs. Reznik, the teacher, wants them to perform in the school's annual Holiday Talent Show as a band. Charlie begins to think of the idea as social suicide, but later changes his mind at a meeting at Bruno's Pizza Planet in order for him to get closer to Mo (unaware that he's being a little selfish).
At the band's first rehearsal, everybody gets into a fight and starts yelling, all except Olivia, who remains silent. After they work things out, Charlie learns not to judge a book by its cover and becomes more sympathetic towards the others.
Later, Mo and Charlie wonder the halls, and they notice Ray Beech and the Patties with Olivia. Ray and the Patties begin to use traumatic, sadistic slurs against Olivia. Humiliated, Olivia falls silent. Mo and Charlie realize Ray is emotionally hurting Olivia on purpous. Horrified, the two confront Ray to spare their friend further harassment. Patty Norris mocks Olivia, asking Charlie whether or not Olivia is his "girlfriend," which Charlie begs to differ. When Charlie tries to speak out, Ray physically threatens him. Stella intervens by spitting her lemonade in Ray's face, in which Ray calls Stella "Lemonade Mouth," and Charlie says that's how the got their name.
At a later rehearsal, the band members take a break. Olivia goes to get a lemonade, but comes back, clearly upset. Charlie asks her what's wrong, and Olivia explains that the Mel's Organic Frozen Lemonade dispenser is being removed from the school. Stella and Charlie soon find out it's because of a deal with the new scoreboard.
The night before the Halloween Bash, Charlie calls Mo and is shocked to hear his friend burst into tears. Mo tearfully tells him that she caught her boyfriend and Charlie's rival, Scott Pickett, making out with his ex-girlfriend Lynn Westerberg. While Charlie comforts her, Aaron pops into his head and begins taunting and bullying him into asking Mo out. Unsuccessfull, Aaron tormets Charlie even more, saying he is hopeless and he'll never win Mo's heart because he was too late.
The next night, at the Halloween Bash, Charlie, Stella and Wen find Olivia in the bathroom, who appears to be physically fine but badly shaken. Charlie, Stella and Wen mannage to calm Olivia down. The band members begin to play their first song, but Olivia forgets the words, so Stella has them start over. As they finish, Stella makes a speach opposing the descisions for the school, but the vice principal, Mr. Brenigan shuts them down.
Charlie later on meets at Olivia's house with Wen, Stella and Mo to console Olivia after one of her cats, Nancy, dies. When the band mates worry about what Brenigan might do to them, Charlie gives them a motivating pep talk by saying they did the right thing and no matter what happens, all they have to do is stick together and that their friendship is inseperable, and nobody can do anything to take it away from them. Soon, Charlie tells his friends about his twin brother who died at birth.
The fallowing Monday, Charlie gets called down to Brenigan's office, and finds Olivia, Stella, Wen and Mo already there. Inside, Brenigan intially acts racist towards them, and when Olivia asks, "So what are you going to do with us?" he tells them they'll get a week of detention, and that they are all disqualified from the Holiday Talent Show.
Later, with his friend, Lyle's help, Charlie scores Lemonade Mouth a gig at Bruno's Pizza Planet, with skyrockets their popularity. As good things rise their spirirts, things get worse and worse one at a time.
At a gig a Bruno's, Ray Beech begins to openly in insult the band members and call them names and a riot gets summanded. After the fight ends, the band mates get banned from playing there ever again.
The next day, at the medical clinic, Charlie admits to Mo that he loves her as more than a friend, but he never had the chance to tell her in the right way because he didn't want to screw up their friendship. Mo instantly turns him down, delivering a stinging comment, leaving Charlie devestated. He goes home and works out his anger on his drums, however, he leaves the tea kettle on the stove for too long. Realizing this, Charlie rushes up the stairs, grabs the handel, but unfortunetly, he severely burns his right hand, yelling in pain, and he immediately gets submitted to the hospital, where he calls Wen via cell phone.
Later, Charlie gets called down to the Opequonsett Middle School, where the Mel's Lemonade machine is going to be removed. Stella comes up with an idea, so they lie down in front of the delivery truck, but unfortunetly, they get arrested.
Later, at Catch a RI-Zing Star, the band mates try to perform one of their songs, but due to their mishaps and injuries that day, they can't play. The audience then begins to sing their song to thank Stella, Olivia, Mo, Charlie and Wen for all they've done, and gives them a standing ovation.
Later, Charlie and Mo profess their love for one another, and the two are shown kissing in a thunder storm, and Charlie finally lets go of Aaron.
It's the summer between 9th and 10th grade, and Mo and Charlie's relationship continues, however, Charlie is worried and jealous that Mo might be falling for her old next door neighbor, Rajeev, who is a lot hotter, making Charlie question whether or not he's good enough for Mo. However, after Mo points out that he is over-reacting and that she will never cheat on him, Charlie realizes that he was the first and only boy to make Mo feel loved, and sexy, and flawless. He soon apologizes to Mo for his doubts. Lemonade Mouth gets into Decker and Smythe, a huge corporation that makes the hotest bands in America a success, however, they quit the agency when they realize the company is making them into some kind of ratical, publicity stunt to turn them into something they're not, such as slimming them down, touching up acne and changing eye color. They soon learn that the website Lyle and Naomi posted is becoming more popular by the minute, with people downloading songs and posting positive, up-beat comments, showing that Lemonade Mouth is already successful enough.
Charlie is considered the most sympathetic in the group next to Olivia. Shy, kind-hearted, good-natured and sensitive, he is very confused with going his own way. He always stands up for himself and his friends and doesn't accept abuse of any kind, mostly because he has a lot of common sence and always uses his head. He wants people to know that he's smart and he's trying his best to get by like everybody else. He can sometimes be pretty sarcastic to those that bother him, but is portrayed as a very caring indevidual. Although occasionally a bit of an ass, whenever someone is hurting or feeling rejected, Charlie is willing to go to that person's side and offer friendship or comfort, as shown in his friendships with Mo and Olivia. He tries to see good in everybody and is usually very forgiving. He can definetly be loud and rambunctious when playing the drums, which he uses as therepy for stress. Charlie, much like Stella, has a fiery temper, which causes him to get into angry outbursts whenever annoyed, stressed, jealous or upset, usually in the regards of Mo or any of his friends getting hurt. Although he absolutely hates Scott Pickett, it is shown in the second book that he is a lot more mild about about it, and when Wen is having difficulties with his dad hiring Scott, Charlie comforts him by saying that Scott probably changed by now and that some things just take time. Throughout the first book, Charlie's character slowly develops from this disorganized kid who is reluctant to start a band with Wen, Stella, Mo and Olivia due to it being social suicide to a more smart, focused, evolved person with open eyes. In addition, Charlie's low self-esteem has been the main focus of both Lemonade Mouth books; whenever he looks down at himself, his dead brother Aaron wold pop into his head and mock him, but this is only from him continuelessly tearing himself down, and also when he gets jealous over Mo, who is now his girlfriend, when she begins spending time with Bengali hottie and her old nextdoor neighbor, Rajeev, which makes Charlie look at himself as not being "good enough" when he realizes Rajeev has almost all of his qualities, even the ability to be a killer, kick-ass dancer and choreographer. Charlie's insecurities about his future and wanting to be a good boyfriend are subjects touched up in the second book, however, he is later touched when Mo reveals that she is proud to have him as her boyfriend, which makes their relationship go stronger, as they are still a couple at the end of the book. Charlie is also shown to be insecure about how he looks, and it is also shown on two occasions that he wants to change his appearance, first with Scott and then with Rajeev. Charlie loves escapism in any form, usually from stress, insecurities and rejection.
Charlie is described as having a sloppy appearance and being a little bit on the chubby side like Olivia, with long, frizzy hair. He wears clothes that are usually very messy, due to the fact that he's always late for school and having disorganizantion problems.
Yeah, I'm really busy too.
Olivia. You okay?
You'd better leave her alone.
Me. I guess I'd have to be the one to make you.
Look, let's try and be reasonable. We can talk this through.
She just. . . . left?
How you doing, Olivia?
If anybody's a petty tyrant, it's you, Stella!
I like Sloppy Joes.
You're out of your mind!
You know what? I hate to admit it, but Stella's right. I didn't even notice it at first, but now that I do, I think it's totally uncool that they changed us. Sure, we agreed they could do an ad----but we didn't agree that they could do that.
Olivia Whitehead is the singer in Lemonade Mouth who is supposedly bullied on a daily rouitine and shy about her talent. Only living with her grandmother, Olivia has a hard time accepting herself but as the book progresses, she comes out to her friends about her life: her father's arrest and her mother leaving. In the second book, it is learned that her ambition is to find her biological mother, who is learned to be a woman named Jess Russo. She comes into contact with her mom, and the two reconnect with one another. She and Wen eventually kiss for the first time, becoming a couple.
Prior to the book, Olivia's parents were both high school drop-outs. At a party, Olivia's father, Ted, got drunk with Olivia's mom, Jess, and the two had unprotected sex, getting her pregnent. When Olivia was one, her father got arrested, again, and her mother left. Olivia's mom was out of control and had health problems, such as kidney issues, and even problems with alcohol. One night, when Jess threw a party, she got so wasted she woke up by a Dumpster the next morning and ran home to see Olivia. Jess, horrified at the thought of Olivia being ashamed of her because of the bad choices she made, left her daughter to be raised by her father, not out of hatred or disgust, but because she loved Olivia and didn't want her to get hurt. Olivia ultimately has a distanced yet good, loving and healthy relationship with her father, who she often turns to for comfort. According to Olivia, when she was a baby, her dad spoiled her in literature and the arts, saying he was always singing and reading to her when she was a child and named her after a character from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Olivia also mentions that she threw up all over the other kids in a school musical, proving her extreme shyness. Olivia went to an alternative private school (for kids that are problematic) in Pawtuckett, Rhode Island with no detention (due to the fact that growing up, she didn't like going to school very much due to being so shy), but during the summer between eight and nineth grade, her grandmother told her they could no longer afford the tuition to the school, which forces her to transfer to public school, Opequonsett High, where she feels out of place, depressed, lonely, unhappy and perhaps a little suicidal, part of the main reason as to she went to a high school with an alternative program in the first place.
Olivia gets detention for skipping class in the janitor's closet, finshing The Great Gatsby. In the detention room, Olivia starts signing for the first time while not feeling nervous for singing in front of people. The next day, Olivia, Charlie, Stella, Wen and Mo all meet with the music teacher, Mrs. Reznik, who wants them to perform as a music group for the up-coming Holiday Talent Show in November, but Olivia ends up stuttering out that she can't sing because she gets nervous, making Charlie breifly think of her as the silent nutjob. At a meeting at the ultimate teen hang-out, Bruno's Pizza Planet, Olivia is still unconfident when Stella attempts to get them to form the band. After some encouragement from Wen, whom she is instantly smitten with, Olivia agrees.
The next day, the band gets into a disagreement over music, causing Olivia's nerves to kick in. Finally, after Wen begins a rift on his trumpet, Olivia sings "Singing a New Song," the band's first single. Olivia later on writes to her father about the band.
Soon, after the band can't think of a name, Olivia ends up getting targeted by the school bully, Ray Beech, a cunning, vicious and sadistic member of a popular rival heavy metal band, Mudslide Crush, who begins harassing her with the help of his vicious and cold-hearted Prom Queen girlfriend, Patty Norris, and Patty's equally obnoxious sidekick, Patty Keane, who make snide remarks towards her about her weight issues, hair and Scooby Doo backpack, and Olivia, too shy and nervous to stand up for herself, falls silent. Mo and Charlie, who are watching in the distance and realizing how uncomfortable Olivia is feeling, walk over, asking their lead singer if she's okay and the two confront Ray immediately, telling him to back off. During the ensuing fight, Stella jumps in to defend them by spitting a gigantic mouthfull of Mel's Organic Frozen Lemonade all over Ray. When a teacher asks what had happened, Ray makes a comment that "Lemonade Mouth"----referring to Stella----"let loose." Although Stella ends up getting a detention, she doesn't even complain because she did it to help a friend, and the band decides to use Lemonde Mouth as their band name.
At a later rehearsal, Olivia goes to get a lemonade, comes back clearly upset and reveals to the band that the Mel's Organic Frozen Lemonade vending machine is getting removed from school proporty. Stella and Charlie later learn it's because the school is sponsored by a soda company that offered money to help finish the school's new gym, as long as the school agrees to remove any competing drink machines.
The next night at the school's Bash, the band members wait for Olivia to show up, Charlie, Wen and Stella in particular because Mo's boyfriend and Mudslide Crush's drummer, Scott Pickett, dumped her for his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Westerberg. Olivia is shown in the girls' bathroom, throwing up from nerves, and is saved by Wen, Charlie and Stella, who find her just in time, but unfortunetly, Mudslide Crush performs first.
On stage, the band performs songs the Olivia wrote, and Olivia begins to feel more comfortable and more confident by the end of each song. Later, Stella makes a speach, which opposes the decisions for the school, angering their vice principal, Mr. Eliot Brenigan, who shuts them down.
On Halloween, Mo, Stella, Charlie and Wen go to Olivia's house to console her when her cat, Nancy, dies. They gradually open up to one another and reveal their personal struggles, all except Olivia, who is not comfortable.
The fallowing Monday, Olivia and her friends get called to Brenigan's office, who angrily tells them they aren't allowed to perform at the Holiday Talent Show. Although devestated, Olivia also feels a little bit of weight lifting off her shoulders. Soon, Charlie's best friend, Lyle, gets Lemonade Mouth a gig at Bruno's Pizza Planet. Charlie reveals to Mo that although he talked to Olivia about it, she doesn't want to because even the first time was hard for her. Later, after seeing a chalk drawing of her and her friends, Olivia tells Stella and Wen that she wants to perform at Bruno's. Olivia tells her father about the show and how she heard the song "Skinny Nancy," inspired by Olivia's cat, on the radeo. Later, Mo, Olivia, Stella, Wen and Charlie reconnect with their music teacher.
On the bus to New Hampshire, Olivia tells the story of her life. She introduces her father as a seventeen-year-old high school drop-out, who took Olivia's mother's virginity and got her pregnent. At the time Olivia's mom was living with her mother, Brenda, and her father was staying with friends because he and his dad didn't get along. When Olivia was a baby, her parents started fighting. When Olivia was one, her dad got arrested for three months for robbing the department store, and as soon as he got out, Olivia's mother, who never seemed to love or want her and had issues with fights and drugs, left Olivia's father to raise his daughter by himself. Olivia reveals what a good father her dad was to her, how he loved to buy her pretty dresses, give her all the love, kisses, hugs, attention and gifts a little girl could want, and spoil her in liturature and the arts, and named Olivia after a character from the Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night. In addititon, Olivia's father was also an alcoholic, and one day, when Olivia was eight, her father started drinking again and decided to hold up a store. Olivia's dad held up the store with a toy gun, but the store owner had a real gun, and Olivia's dad lost his head. He jumped him and the bullet went off in the owner's leg, but he didn't die from the bullet, it was a heart attack. They go to visit Olivia's father in prison, and after that, Wen, Mo, Charlie and Stella grow into realizing how important Olivia's friendship with them is to her, as they are the closest thing she has to a family.
At a very crucial Bruno's show right before a big music contest, Catch a RI-Zing Star, Ray Beech provokes Lemonade Mouth and steps up his bullying towards Olivia, reffering to her as "the insane assylum," causing Olivia to shrink against a wall, enraging Stella, who lashes out at Ray angrily for using the term. A riot gets summaned and Lemonade Mouth gets banned from playing at Bruno's again.
The next day, Wen informs Olivia that Mo and Charlie called him. Charlie got second-degree burns in his right hand and Mo is sick with a fever of hundred and two. Olivia feels terrible for her drummer and bassist, but also a little weight coming off. Soon, Olivia and Wen meet at Paperback Joe's, a book store and coffee shop, where Wen tells her that when his father will be marrying his girlfriend, Sydney, he wants his son to be his best man. Olivia is pleased about that, but Wen isn't because he tells Olivia, "Just because Sydney leached her way onto my family doesn't mean I have to be happy about it," Olivia laughes, saying he's being ridiculous. After seeing Wen's hurt look, she doesn't realize what she did wrong but feels bad. When Wen says he's backing out of the competiton and he doesn't even care because he claims Olivia would have backed out anyway, Olivia screams at him saying that he knows it's not about Lemonade Mouth; that it's about how happy Wen's father and Sydney are and he can barely see it because he's too busy living in the past when his mother left. Olivia claims that Wen should just be thankful that although Wen's mom left, Sydney is at least trying to be his friend and that she loves him and cares for the band. Then when Wen demands why Olivia did the band in the first place, Olivia reveals how she feels about him by screaming, "Oh for you, you jerk!" Angry and heartbroken, Olivia goes home, where she realizes she damaged her vocal choards from all the yelling.
Olivia is summaned to the school by Stella, and runs into the other, because the Mel's machine at the middle school is going to get removed to improve the school grounds. They lie down in front of the truck, and Olivia refuses to move, along with the others. The men removing the machine call the cops, which gets the group arrested.
At Catch a RI-Zing Star, Lemonde Mouth tries to perform one of their songs, but they quit because neither of them could play, much to Ray Beech's happiness. The crowd then begins to sing Lemonade Mouth's song to show their support.
Later on, Wen realizes his true feelings for Olivia and redeems himself by giving Olivia a new kitten, much to Olivia's joy, and it is hinted that the two of them are in love, leaving an open door for the second book.
The second book revolves mostly around Olivia's family life and her increasing crush on Wen. She comes into contact with her biological mother, Jess Russo, and she and Wen kiss for the first time, becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. In addition, Decker & Smythe, a talent agency that they signed up for, begins using Lemonade Mouth as some kind of tooth paste commercial ad, and makes the band mates look too perfect in small yet segnificant ways, such as slimming Olivia down. The band fights back on national television, however, this protest causes the band members to get into trouble with Earl Decker, who demands to see them. When he starts to explain the "rules," Olivia, who has now gained her confidence, speaks up, saying that she doesn't like what this has become. Earl, angered, begins to yell at Olivia for saying what she said, but Stella angrily stands up for her and informs Earl that nobody owns Lemonade Mouth and that if Earl wants to get rid of them, he can go right ahead, because Olivia, Wen, Charlie, Stella and Mo will never change. They then walk out, and with the help of Naomi and Lyle, the band members learn that even though Earl Decker can bribe them with all the money he wants, but they are already successfull enough.
Olivia is introduced as a painfully shy, insecure and nervous girl with abandonment issues who is intimidated by more popular girls, but aside from that she is very sweet, sympathetic, innocent, soft-spoken and has a strong love for her friends, who she often looks up to for support. It becomes clear in the beginning of the book that she is so shy and isolated, she occassionally feels suicidal, which, in result, makes her not like going to school very much, so for most of her life, she attended a private alternative junior high school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, called St. Micheals. As a result, she constantly tried pushing people away and protect herself from people who she felt uncomfortable with by staying silent whenever picked on and teased for her physical apperance. As a result, the only person she ever seemed to fully trust and consider a "friend" was Wen, who was the first person to actually talk to her and compliment her on her singing. However, after forming the band, Olivia becomes more comfortable with the learning enviroment of her new school and begins to form friendships with Mo and Stella, which seems to ease out her feelings of depression and sadness. The only time Olivia really allows herself to come out of her shell is when she sings. She, much like her dad, is portrayed as a very caring indevidual, but very quiet, a trait that her mom says Ted passed onto her. Her grandmother also says that Olivia has a "selfless heart." She can't bear speaking in public because she is often nervous. She loves reading and has an obsession for poetry. She is shown to be very close to her dad, whom she often visits and writes to. However, having no mother around that she could completely talk to about her struggles and personal life, she can sometimes be seen slightly envious of her friends, who all have mothers or mother-like figures that they can turn to, showing this resentful and angry side of her, which she hides under this doe-eyed, sweet, shy, sensitive shell until something pushes her over the edge, as shown during the course of her and Wen's fight about the importance of family. She is also seen as very intelligent, judging by her sharp use of vocabulary. It is assumed that Olivia is a Christian, as she is proven to be religious and prays often. Although she lacks confidence when it comes to getting things done, Olivia will pull through to support her friends and family when they need help, such as when she sympathises with Wen because his father will be marrying a younger woman, or when Stella calls her up to inform her that the Mel's machine will be removed from the middle school, Olivia, when told to get up by the delivery men, screams, saying she is not getting up. Stella, on some occasions, describes Olivia as either her best singer or her favorite, and is one of the many characters Stella often shows her softer side towards. Olivia's search for a mother-figure has also been very important to her, which seemed to have ended after meeting Wen's stepmom, Sydney, whom she instantly bonds with. However, in the second book, Olivia becomes less insecure, a lot bolder and more confident, slowly developing from a quiet girl who is afraid to sing outside her bedroom door, to sort of becoming Stella's right-hand girl and co-leader of the band, as she will not hesitate to answer a yes or no question no matter what effect it might have, and even questioning Earl Decker when he explains the "rules" of show buisness. Olivia's ability to keep secrets often causes her to lock it all up inside her, which causes her to get into angry outbursts whenever mad or upset, as seen when she and her mother meet for the first time, and Olivia takes out her frustrations on her mom by saying that hiding herself from Olivia's life completely isn't going to fix any of the bad decisions that Jess made, and that they should have had this kind of conversation a long time ago, showing that she can be pretty unforgiving. However, much like her grandmother, Olivia has a strong tendency to think through what she says and does. Although growing bolder later on in the first book, Olivia still shows moments of shyness, such as when she vomits before going on stage at the Halloween Bash and blushing whenever spoken to directly. Although Olivia never actually stands up for herself, she will, on some occassions, try, as seen in the second book that she strongly dislikes any form of bullying and attempts to say that she refuses to accept being bullied by others. After dating Wen, however, Olivia slowly begins taking better care of herself and becoming more independent and vocal about her opinions and what she wants in life.
Olivia is a little over-weight, with flat, lifeless, light brown hair and dull, solemn, innocent, hollow, puppy dog eyes that range from dark brown to amber. She carries a Scooby Doo backpack and is often bullied by Ray Beech and the Patties for it. She has a low, scratchy, thin voice, which makes her think that she will never become a singer because her voice isn't strong enough. Despite all this, her friends, grandmother and father adore her for who she is. However, in an advertisment done by Decker & Smythe, the people slim her down, which pisses Stella off, because nobody's perfect and Olivia represents kids----mostly girls----who struggle with things such as self-image problems, eating disorders, depression and weight issues. In the second book, Olivia starts taking better care of herself and possibly lost a little weight. This is probably part of Olivia's journy of accepting herself for who she really is.
As I already said before, I don't believe in accidents.
The problem is, I'm not a real singer. And I'm not comfortable on stage.
Maybe you should give Sydney a chance. She's really not so bad.
Clouds. How, if you're in one, it can make you blind to see what's right in front of you.
And another thing about clouds is that they never disappoint you. They can be anything you imagine them to be....
But Mr. Decker, what if we don't like your map?
And that's it? That's why you disappeared out of my life?
I don't buy it! I think you could have at least tried to be a good mother.