History Literature / TheTillermanFamilySeries

12th Jun '16 6:07:21 AM SaraJaye
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* JerkAss[=/=]AbusiveParents: John Tillerman Sr. in ''The Runner''.



* Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.

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* ** Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.
11th Jun '16 5:02:49 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* AbusiveParents: John Tillerman Sr.
* AdultsAreUseless: The Tillerman kids initially believe a variant of this. In their minds, all adults who don't know them well will try to split them up, or at least won't understand what they need. Thus they, especially Dicey, feel they must look out for themselves even after adults take on roles in their lives.
11th Jun '16 4:59:09 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* Sammy in ''Homecoming'' and ''Dicey's Song.'' Justified because he's six. This doesn't go well either; Dicey observes that when Sammy and Momma interact, they sound like two six-year-olds talking, not a six-year-old and his mom.
9th Dec '15 2:48:12 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* PrecociousCrush: In ''Come a Stranger,'' Mina Smiths had one on Tamer Shipp, a young minister visiting her church for a summer.
7th Dec '15 1:26:40 PM SaraJaye
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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant.
** It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.

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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all much since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. (she appears in ''Sons From Afar'', but in a very tiny role. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant.
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significant. It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of ''Dicey's Song'', there's mention of Abigail's oldest son John Jr. and the possibility of getting into contact with him in the future. This plot point is never brought up in any subsequent books focusing on the family.
7th Dec '15 11:31:29 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**It doesn't help that out of the four Tillermans, Maybeth is the only one without a plot focused on her at all.
7th Dec '15 11:30:13 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* OutOfFocus: Maybeth in ''Seventeen Against the Dealer.'' Somewhat justified in that the main plot concerns Dicey, but at that point we hadn't seen her at all since ''Dicey's Song,'' and she would have gotten considerably older. This trope leaves a lot of unanswered questions about Maybeth, such as how or if she continued to cope with school and if her musical talents blossomed into anything significant.
7th Dec '15 11:26:34 AM EnglishGuruLady
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**Subverted, then double subverted, with Maybeth's music teacher, Isaac Lingerele. He's obese, so the kids naturally expect him to eat a lot when he comes for dinner, but he just picks at his food. When Sammy points this out, much to his Gram and siblings' chagrin, Isaac explains that eating in front of others makes him nervous, so when he's a guest, he nibbles. Then he goes home and stuffs himself. It's a bit of a TearJerker when you think about it.
25th Apr '15 3:56:33 PM SaraJaye
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* MamasBoy: Jeff, as a child and an early teenager. It doesn't end well.
25th Apr '15 3:51:34 PM SaraJaye
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* BrokenPedestal: Jeff suffers this with his mother Melody when she reveals the sweet, sunny, loving woman he pledged his devotion to is a selfish runabout.


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** Jeff Greene, after a fight with his mother that reveals her true, selfish nature. He's so depressed he stops going to school and his father ultimately moves them to Anapolis to get him a fresh start.


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** Melody Boudrault, Jeff's mother, qualifies as this. Despite her constant chatter about wanting to make the world a better place it's clear her motives are selfish, that she just wants to feel like ''she alone'' is making a difference even if it means abandoning her husband and son. She displays a lot of this during Jeff's second visit to Charleston, causing him to snap and her to hurt him so badly he suffers a HeroicBSOD for several chapters.
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