She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen.When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together.She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales.She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block.Young Adult is about life, about the past and the present, about why people are easily stuck in the past and do not see a future ahead of them.Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness.She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon.She would save herself from the disappointment from her life, save Buddy from the living hell, and picked up where things ended, once and for all. Charlize Theron totally manipulated the role of Mavis, letting the audience get to know who Mavis Gary really was as the events continued to unfold.
Mavis hated the town, hated everything about it, hated all the people in it, that was, except Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), who used to be her boyfriend.
It didn't take her long to decide that she would return and rescue Buddy who she thought was a hostage in the deadly town with his marriage and newborn daughter. So get ready for the adventure in this visit and get ready to know our Mavis better.