History Literature / SammyKeyes

16th Aug '16 8:43:02 PM Jayalaw
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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.]]
** 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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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.]]
** The one time Officer Borsch shows concern for Sammy's safety is when she and her friends [[spoiler:manage to temporarily imprison a drug dealer who was making meth in an underground lab.]] Once she reveals the evidence to him, shortly after [[spoiler:said dealer destroyed the bike she borrowed from Hudson and nearly killed her]] Borsch shouts at her that what she did was extremely dangerous and that you ''don't'' confront [[spoiler:meth dealers]] head-on.
** 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. Grams after ''The Search for Snake Eyes'' makes a deal with Sammy that they will have no more secrets between them because Sammy keeps getting into dangerous situations. Sammy still keeps some things quiet, however, like [[spoiler:busting a gambling ring late at night with cat-killers.]]



* AuthorAppeal: Van Draanen's parents are Dutch immigrants, and so are Dot's. Her husband's great-grandfather crossed the plains in 1850. In ''Moustache Mary'', the eponymous pioneer was part of a group of travelers doing the same thing, and Sammy spends New Years' with Dot's family. It's one of the few cases where the authour appeal is ''educational''-as well as [[FoodPorn delicious]].

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* AuthorAppeal: Van Draanen's parents are Dutch immigrants, and so are Dot's. Her husband's great-grandfather crossed the plains in 1850. In ''Moustache Mary'', the eponymous pioneer was part of a group of travelers doing the same thing, and Sammy spends New Years' with Dot's family. It's one of the few cases where the authour author appeal is ''educational''-as well as [[FoodPorn delicious]].delicious]].
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Sammy lampshades in ''The Psycho Kitty Queen'' that during the weekend of her birthday she [[spoiler:found dead cats in Dumpsters, found how her mother lied about her birthday, then learned she and Heather had the same birthday, lost her cat for a couple of hours, and put up Lost/Found signs in the dangerous part of town. The only good thing was she won money for taking a back bump, which she uses to buy a secondhand CD player.]] Ironically, she then starts to have the best week of her life, subverting the trope.
* BirthdayHater: In ''The Psycho Kitty Queen'' Sammy explains to Hudson that she hates her birthday and didn't mention it was the next day because on her twelfth birthday, her mother sat her down and announced that she was going to Hollywood, and then forgot Sammy's thirteenth and called several days later apologizing. [[spoiler:Lady Lana also messes up Sammy's fourteenth birthday by revealing that Sammy is actually thirteen, and then accidentally letting Dorito loose because he had caught a mouse]].



* ChekhovsGunman: Darren Cole, a rock musician first mentioned in ''Psycho Kitty Queen'' whose fandom includes Sammy, Casey, and Marissa's family. [[spoiler:In ''Showdown in Sin City'', it's revealed that he's Sammy's father.]]

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Darren Cole, a rock musician first mentioned in ''Psycho Kitty Queen'' whose fandom includes Sammy, Casey, and Marissa's family. [[spoiler:In ''Showdown in Sin City'', it's revealed that he's Sammy's father.]]



** Sammy getting unofficial wrestling lessons from Slammin' Dave

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** Sammy getting unofficial wrestling lessons from Slammin' Dave helps her out when Heather and her posse try to mug her for a horseshoe.



* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Sammy and Casey. No one believes her.
** [[spoiler: Eventually ends with a RelationshipUpgrade.]]

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* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Sammy and Casey. No one believes her.
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her. [[spoiler: Eventually ends with a RelationshipUpgrade.RelationshipUpgrade when he learns that she lives with her grandmother.]]
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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* 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 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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* 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 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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* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: In the resolution of ''Psycho Kitty Queen,'' [[spoiler: Officer Borsch visits Sammy in her 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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* 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.]]



** The entirety of ''Kiss Goodbye'', full stop.



* BookEnds: ''Hotel Thief'' starts and ''Kiss Goodbye'' ends with Sammy waving to someone through a window. [[spoiler:And both books have the 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.]]



** Throughout ''Kiss Goodbye'', it's suggested the man who [[spoiler:pushed Sammy 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''.]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Meta example. The eighteenth and final book, ''Kiss Goodbye'', is the 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.]]
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