Of all of our characters, Max is the one with whom I relate the most. I may not have been a super-genius, but I was a nerdy fanboy. And though I didn’t have much of a rebellious stage, like Max is, I was painfully awkward for a while as I made the transition from childhood to young adulthood. For me it was with humor. I noticed that I could sometimes make adults laugh, so I started trying to be funny all the time. Naturally, I failed more often than not, and managed to embarrass myself on many occasions.
Still, I doubt I ever stuck my foot in it as bad as Max does here.