Erin (Please Don't Hug Me)

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Zoe Kelly
Portrayed by
Appears in Please Don't Hug Me
Year 2020

Zoe Kelly is the main character in the young adult romance novel Please Don't Hug Me by Kay Kerr.

Character creation

Author Kay Kerr is autistic.[1] While first writing Please Don't Hug Me, she didn't know that she was autistic yet, and the character of Erin was not explicitly written as autistic either. After getting diagnosed with autism, she was able to recontextualize Erin's character traits and experiences with the framework of autism.[2]


The character stated to be autistic by the author.[3]

See also

  • Zoe Kelly from Social Queue, Kay Kerr's second novel


  1. "Kay Kerr is an autistic author and journalist from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland." accessed 2023-01-27
  2. Bastow, Clem (2020-06-19). "Interview with Young Adult #OwnVoices author Kay Kerr". Amaze. Retrieved 2024-05-08.
  3. accessed 2023-01-27

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