History Literature / SammyKeyes

9th Nov '15 1:15:09 PM Jayalaw
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: After Casey reveals that Sammy and Marissa [[spoiler: were framed for vandalism, and that his sister Heather was responsible]], Sammy is eligible to play in the softball playoffs. She realizes, however that [[spoiler: "Snake Eyes" has kidnapped the TeenMother Lena that gave her baby to Sammy, and gives up paying ]] and gives up the game without hesitation. [[spoiler: Vice Principal Caan ends up forfeiting the big game because he doesn't trust Sammy's replacement Babs since she's associated with Heather,
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: After Casey reveals that Sammy and Marissa [[spoiler: were framed for vandalism, and that his sister Heather was responsible]], Sammy is eligible to play in the softball playoffs. She realizes, however that [[spoiler: "Snake Eyes" has kidnapped the TeenMother Lena that gave her baby to Sammy, and gives up paying ]] and gives up the game without hesitation. [[spoiler: Vice Principal Caan ends up forfeiting the big game because he doesn't trust Sammy's replacement Babs since she's associated with Heather, and puts Heather on probation.]]
9th Nov '15 1:14:31 PM Jayalaw
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: After Casey reveals that Sammy and Marissa [[spoiler: were framed for vandalism, and that his sister Heather was responsible]], Sammy is eligible to play in the softball playoffs. She realizes, however that [[spoiler: "Snake Eyes" has kidnapped the TeenMother Lena that gave her baby to Sammy, and gives up paying ]] and gives up the game without hesitation. [[spoiler: Vice Principal Caan ends up forfeiting the big game because he doesn't trust Sammy's replacement Babs since she's associated with Heather,

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* MuggingTheMonster: Heather and her GirlPosse attempt to steal a horseshoe from Sammy, taking her by surprise. Unfortunately for them, Sammy's been practicing wrestling moves . . .
7th Nov '15 5:59:14 PM Jayalaw
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** Sammy's catcher's mitt, a TragicKeepsake from his DisappearedDad. [[spoiler: In ''The Search for Snake Eyes'' she uses it to hold a hose that spews hot water, to incapacitate the titular character.]] ** Her homeroom teacher's magnifying glass in ''The Art of Deception''. [[spoiler: Sammy uses it to identify a signature on a painting as a forgery.]]

* ChekhovsSkill: ** Hudson in ''The Sisters of Mercy'' teaches Sammy how to crack safe codes. This comes in handy when [[spoiler: she has to find proof that the titular characters are the thieves that have robbed a church]]. ** Sammy getting unofficial wrestling lessons from Slammin' Dave

* CoolOldLady: Grams has her moments.
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* CoolOldLady: Grams has her moments. Notably when she [[spoiler: pins Diane Reijden down long enough for Sammy to rescue half a burned painting from a pire and expose Diane as a fraud.]]

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* CoolOldLady: DebateAndSwitch: In ''The Art of Deception'' Hudson while in a relationship with "Grams" finds himself attracted to Diane Reijden, an artist who does poignant oils of various subjects. Hudson claims that falling in love with Diane is a matter of falling in love with the art, while Grams in GreenEyedMonster mode claims that the art is shallow and tacky, manipulating emotions. Sammy, caught in the middle, doesn't know what to think since she likes the paintings but she doesn't like seeing Grams hurt. [[spoiler: Then she realizes that Diane, aka "Elizabeth," didn't do the paintings but took credit for them after her father left them to her, and Diane was willing to destroy them once lithographs were taken. Hudson has to admit that he fell for Diane's looks since "an old dead guy" actually did the paintings, and Grams acquiesces and says they were lovely paintings, ''after'' they've been destroyed]]. * DestroyTheEvidence: ** Sammy does this with [[spoiler: the "Crocodile"'s BlackMail book after she succeeds in stealing it, leaving the latter with no hold on her moments.or anyone else]] because she realizes that so much knowledge [[spoiler: about others' personal lives]] are too dangerous and nasty to hold. **[[spoiler: Diane burns her father's paintings]] when they no longer serve any monetary purpose. Sammy barely manages to save [[spoiler: enough of ''Whispers'', her favorite portrait, to prove Diane's a fraud]] and she's heartbroken about what she didn't save.

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* CoolOldLady: Grams has EvenEvilHasStandards: Diane Reijden's brother Lance, who is a BlackSheep and a "deadbeat" is outright horrified that [[spoiler: Diane not only took credit for her moments.father's paintings, but destroyed them via a house fire.]] In fact, [[spoiler: Diane]] doing such a thing motivates him to clean up his life and stop "running away".

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* CoolOldLady: Grams has IKnowYouKnowIKnow: In the resolution of ''Psycho Kitty Queen,'' [[spoiler: Officer Borsch visits Sammy in her moments.grandmother's apartment and thanks her for saving his life]]. This makes her realize that [[spoiler: he knows about her living situation but won't rat about it]], and she's okay with it given [[spoiler: no one knows two thirteen-year olds saved him from vicious gamblers.]]

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* CoolOldLady: Grams has her moments.TookALevelInKindness: Officer Borsch, in two separate books. Sammy as a Christmas present provides proof that [[spoiler: one cop heckling him is a DirtyCop]] and [[spoiler: saves his life in ''The Psycho Kitty Queen'']].
6th Jun '15 9:40:07 PM NotThisThing
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* SickbedSlaying / VorpalPillow: Averted and subverted in ''Kiss Goodbye''. [[spoiler:The villain plans to murder an unconscious Sammy by smothering her with the pillow from her hospital bed, and plans on it taking three minutes (he got a time of six minutes from the web, then halved it due to Sammy being unconscious. However, he never gets those three minutes, as Sammy's friends and family are always by her side.]]
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* SickbedSlaying / VorpalPillow: Averted and subverted in ''Kiss Goodbye''. [[spoiler:The villain plans to murder an unconscious Sammy by smothering her with the pillow from her hospital bed, and plans on it taking three minutes (he got a time of six minutes from the web, then halved it due to Sammy being unconscious.unconscious). However, he never gets those three minutes, as Sammy's friends and family are always by her side.]]
6th Jun '15 9:39:41 PM NotThisThing
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* SickbedSlaying / VorpalPillow: Averted and subverted in ''Kiss Goodbye''. [[spoiler:The villain plans to murder an unconscious Sammy by smothering her with the pillow from her hospital bed, and plans on it taking three minutes (he got a time of six minutes from the web, then halved it due to Sammy being unconscious. However, he never gets those three minutes, as Sammy's friends and family are always by her side.]]
6th Jun '15 7:36:20 PM NotThisThing
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** Sammy's jamming the fire escape door latch to get into the Highrise undetected comes back to bite he in ''Kiss Goodbye''. [[spoiler:Her attempted killer jams two doors in the hospital stairwell the same way in order to access the room containing an unconscious Sammy.]]
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** Sammy's jamming the fire escape door latch to get into the Highrise undetected comes back to bite he her in ''Kiss Goodbye''. [[spoiler:Her attempted killer jams two doors in the hospital stairwell the same way in order to access the room containing an unconscious Sammy.]]
6th Jun '15 7:35:43 PM NotThisThing
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* AdultFear: One story centers around Sammy running into a scared, desperate girl, who forces Sammy to take a bag. When the girl is forced to leave, it turns out that there's a baby inside. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the baby was the girl's son and that she was forced to give him to a complete stranger to protect him from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who was hunting her down. The climax of the novel reveals that the ex did catch her, and left her in his basement, tied up and starving. After she's rescued, she wants to see her baby before getting medical treatment.]]
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* AdultFear: One story (''Search for Snake Eyes'') centers around Sammy running into a scared, desperate girl, who forces Sammy to take a bag. When the girl is forced to leave, it turns out that there's a baby inside. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the baby was the girl's son and that she was forced to give him to a complete stranger to protect him from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who was hunting her down. The climax of the novel reveals that the ex did catch her, and left her in his basement, tied up and starving. After she's rescued, she wants to see her baby before getting medical treatment.]]

* AdultFear: One story centers around Sammy running into a scared, desperate girl, who forces Sammy to take a bag. When the girl is forced to leave, it turns out that there's a baby inside. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the baby was the girl's son and that she was forced to give him to a complete stranger to protect him from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who was hunting her down. ** The climax entirety of the novel reveals that the ex did catch her, and left her in his basement, tied up and starving. After she's rescued, she wants to see her baby before getting medical treatment.]]''Kiss Goodbye'', full stop.

* AdultFear: One story centers around BookEnds: ''Hotel Thief'' starts and ''Kiss Goodbye'' ends with Sammy running into a scared, desperate girl, who forces Sammy waving to take someone through a bag. When window. [[spoiler:And both books have the girl is forced to leave, it turns out that there's a baby inside. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the baby was the girl's son and that she was forced to give him to a complete stranger to protect him from her abusive ex-boyfriend, who was hunting her down. The climax of the novel reveals that the ex did catch her, and left her in his basement, tied up and starving. After she's rescued, she wants to see her baby before getting medical treatment.same culprit.]]

** An upcoming Chekhov's Location in ''Kiss Goodbye'' will be [[spoiler:the fire escape, which Sammy gets pushed off]].
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** An upcoming Chekhov's Location ** Sammy's jamming the fire escape door latch to get into the Highrise undetected comes back to bite he in ''Kiss Goodbye'' will be [[spoiler:the fire escape, which Sammy gets pushed off]].Goodbye''. [[spoiler:Her attempted killer jams two doors in the hospital stairwell the same way in order to access the room containing an unconscious Sammy.]]

** An upcoming Chekhov's Location in Throughout ''Kiss Goodbye'' will be [[spoiler:the fire escape, which Goodbye'', it's suggested the man who [[spoiler:pushed Sammy gets pushed off]].off the fire escape]] is a villain from the earlier book. [[spoiler:It's the culprit from ''Hotel Thief'', Larry Daniels aka "Oscar the ice cream man."]]

** In the final book [[spoiler:Sammy gets pushed off the fire escape and ends up in the hospital]].
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** In the final book [[spoiler:Sammy gets pushed off the fire escape and ends up in the hospital]].hospital, and the one who pushed her keeps coming back to finish the job]].

* {{Jerkass}}: Heather, all the way.
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* {{Jerkass}}: Heather, all the way. [[spoiler:Until her HeelFaceTurn at the end of ''Showdown in Sin City''.]]

* {{Jerkass}}: Heather, all OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Meta example. The eighteenth and final book, ''Kiss Goodbye'', is the way.only book not to be narrated by Sammy, it's the only one with chapter titles, and it has the highest stakes, [[spoiler:with Sammy comatose after being pushed off the fire escape and the man responsible trying to finish the job]].

** Casey certainly believes this is the case in ''[[spoiler:Wedding Crasher]]'' when his dad Warren [[spoiler:gets a part in the same soap opera as Sammy's mom, thus forcing him to move in with his mother and sister, both of whom he hates. This causes some angst in his relationship with Sammy.]] It's also on the {{Squick}} side of things for the both of them when they find out that [[spoiler:Warren and Lana are moving in together after having dated for a while.]]
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** Casey certainly believes this is the case in ''[[spoiler:Wedding Crasher]]'' when his dad Warren [[spoiler:gets a part in the same soap opera as Sammy's mom, thus forcing him to move in with his mother and sister, both of whom he hates. This causes some angst in his relationship with Sammy.]] It's also on the {{Squick}} side of things for the both of them when they find out that [[spoiler:Warren and Lana are moving in together after having dated for a while.]]]] However, [[spoiler:Warren and Lana's relationship doesn't last through ''Showdown in Sin City'']].

* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: When Sammy wants to figure out how to crack a safe, the advice Hudson gives her is essentially this trope, but paraphrased.
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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: When Sammy wants to figure out how to crack a safe, safe in ''Sisters of Mercy'', the advice Hudson gives her is essentially this trope, but paraphrased.paraphrased. Winds up a ChekhovsSkill in the same book when she has to open a safe at the church.
5th Mar '15 6:18:10 PM gaimanite.pkat
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* CrazyCatLady: In ''Psycho Kitty Queen'', obviously. A local former pageant queen named Katherine insistently goes by Kitty, keeps many cats, and harbors a vicious dislike of dogs. She claims to be able to identify a scrap of furry skin as a piece of dog ear...by licking it.
5th Mar '15 6:13:50 PM gaimanite.pkat
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** Sammy and Casey, [[spoiler: though it was less WillTheyOrWontThey and more How Long Until They Do.]]
5th Mar '15 6:08:06 PM gaimanite.pkat
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** Considering some of the dangerous situations Sammy gets into and somehow manages to get out of, mostly all of her books contain at least one example of AdultFear, which can either make the danger more realistic or make her getting out of it more improbable.
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