|“||I’m at work. Two hours from now, I’m going to my next job for another four hours. If you’re trying to convince me that I don’t need Aglionby after I have killed myself over it for a year, you’re wasting your breath. Be a loser if you want to, but don’t make me part of it to make yourself feel better.||”|
—Adam, to Ronan.
St. Agnes Church
|Hair color:||Dusty brown ("the colour of dirt")|
|Eye color:||Blue ("pretty enough for a girl")|
Fine-boned, deep-set eyes, prominent cheekbones
He highly prioritizes his education as a means of future escape.
During the events of The Raven Boys, Adam relies primarily on his bicycle for transportation, and sometimes a lift from Gansey or Ronan, until he is given a car in The Dream Thieves. He prefers to hide the fact that he relies on them from his parents, who disapprove of Adam 'flaunting' his Aglionby life. He came to Aglionby as a scholarship student. He receives a partial scholarship to which he contributes $18,423 a year from his part-time jobs. Out of all of his friends, he is the poorest and dislikes talking about his financial situation.
While living at home, in a double-wide trailer, he used to skip school to avoid questions about the clear evidence of his father's physical abuse. Gansey and Ronan often covered for him. Because of the events between Ronan and Adam's father toward the end of The Raven Boys, Adam now lives in a room he rents from St. Agnes Church.
Adam is the first person to go into the Dreaming Tree in Cabeswater and have a 'vision'. In it, he sees himself (though it is unclear whether directly or indirectly) having killed Gansey, while Blue looks on in shock and Ronan shouts at him, grieving and furious. In the climax of The Raven Boys, Adam sacrifices his free will and control to Cabeswater in return for the waking of Henrietta's ley line; he says, "I will be your hands, I will be your eyes." He has since become Cabeswater's main line of communication with the rest of the group.
Adam is very intelligent and tops most of his classes at Aglionby. He is a pragmatic person who tries to base his decisions on logic rather than emotion, but he is also thoughtful and perceptive. He is stubbornly self-reliant and willing to argue this point at length with his closest friends, especially Gansey. He will always refuse anything he perceives to be a handout, and disdains pity or charity of any kind. He feels like favors from his friends bear an invisible price tag, even when they are well-meaning, and will go to great lengths to avoid indebtedness.
Constantly comparing himself with his peers, Adam is a study in contradiction: his contempt for the arrogance and profligacy of his fellow Aglionby students is always at odds with his intense desire to share their world and blend in as one of them. His impoverished home life drives his ambition to pull himself out of Henrietta and toward a future where he is free to pursue whatever he wants, without the constraints of money or fear.
He assiduously separates his school life from his home life; he does not speak of Aglionby or his wealthy friends to his parents, who resent Adam's quest for personal betterment, and likewise refuses to talk about his father's abuse with his friends, believing they wouldn't understand his situation. While Adam cares more about his found family of Gansey, Ronan, Noah, and Blue than his biological one, he struggles for some time with the belief that he owes something to his parents despite their cruel treatment of him.
Though he is usually confident in his intelligence, Adam is shy and introverted, and often doubts his ability to interact with others without betraying what he considers a shameful, pitiable upbringing. He is overly concerned with making a good first impression, often suppressing his Henrietta accent and dispensing with any other clues to his background. He studies others' behavior in order to learn how to be more at ease with people, though he acknowledges that he may simply lack Gansey's innate aptitude for outward congeniality.
An analytical thinker, Adam didn't used to believe in the supernatural until he started witnessing it for himself during the quest to find Glendower and wake the ley line. He is suspicious of magic and the supernatural, and doesn't trust it unless he is desperate. For a while, especially after making his bargain with Cabeswater, Adam believed himself to be "unknowable", a refrain he hears in his mind when his otherness is particularly evident. He eventually comes to the realization that, really, he is not so misunderstood by his friends; rather, he does not fully understand himself. On a few occasions, he has displayed barely suppressed violent behaviors towards his friends, but eventually learns to defuse his anger and express himself in a healthier manner.
Adam is described as tall and slim with blue eyes and unevenly cropped, dusty brown hair. Blue once told Adam that his hair is the color of dirt. He is unconventionally attractive, with a tanned, fine-boned face. He has the typical Henrietta prominent cheekbones and deep-set eyes, but these are more delicate-looking than the average.
When he is at school, he wears a second-hand Aglionby sweater. Adam is noted on one occasion to wear a Coca-Cola shirt, which the psychics at 300 Fox Way thereafter use to refer to him instead of his name.
He has a Henrietta accent, which he constantly tries to cover up. He becomes deaf in his left ear after his father slams his head against a railing in The Raven Boys.
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- Tri-coloured Hondoyota, which was given to him by Helen in The Dream Thieves.
- His watch
- Rubber plant
- He is bisexual. He has shown attraction to Blue, Helen, Gansey, Orla, Greenmantle (before knowing who he is), and Ronan.
- He hates it when people spend money like it's nothing and is resistant when Gansey tries to support him.
- He does not own a cell phone.
- He is described as "very loud" by Maura, Persephone and Calla when he came for his reading, along with Gansey and Ronan. They meant this in terms of psychic energy rather than literal volume of voice.
- Persephone has referred to him multiple times as 'The Magician', and, before that, 'Coca-Cola t-shirt'.
- Adam keeps his change in a cereal box under his bed.
- Adam seems to be slightly envious of Gansey. He admits to studying Gansey's mannerisms and easy-going gestures and it's the only master class that he has never gotten good at.
- Adam is aware of Ronan's crush on him as of some point between the end of The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue, most likely when he concludes that Ronan - not Gansey - paid his landlady to lower the rent of his church apartment to alleviate the financial strain of Aglionby's raised tuition costs.
- We find out in The Raven King that Adam returns Ronan's feelings, and by the end of the book they are a couple.
- He is an INTJ, an oak (Celtic tree astrology), and a Cancer sun sign. He is thought to be a Slytherin and melancholic (4 temperaments).
- He is born on July 3rd, as seen in The Dream Thieves.