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->''"So Audrina goes round and round the mulberry bush, wondering exactly how Arden could have known the First and Best Audrina, and space aliens from 20,000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' shouts, [[spoiler: "THERE IS ONLY ONE FUCKING AUDRINA, YOU BRAINLESS MORON, AND THAT AUDRINA IS YOU!"'']]
-->-- '''Erin Callahan''', Forever Young Adult's [[http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/06/10/a-review-of-the-worst-book-in-history/ review]].

''My Sweet Audrina'' is a novel published by Creator/VCAndrews in 1982 significant for its liberal use of [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes rape tropes]]. It is the only standalone novel of her career and was released in 2016 as a MadeForTvMovie with the Lifetime Network. The original novel hinges on one big {{Spoiler}}, which many readers guess right from the beginning. A ghostwritten sequel, ''Literature/{{Whitefern}}'', which continued the story of Audrina as an adult, was published in 2016.

Seven-year-old [[AlliterativeName Audrina Adele Adare]] lives in isolation in a OldDarkHouse with her OverprotectiveDad Damian, beautiful mother Lucky, [[OldMaid bitter Aunt Ellsbeth]] and Ellsbeth's jealous, spiteful daughter [[TheVamp Vera]]. Audrina suffers from from [[LaserGuidedAmnesia a sporadic memory]] and a strange inability to sense time passing, leaving her confused and vulnerable. Her papa forbids her to go to school, make friends, or [[DontGoIntoTheWoods visit the woods behind their house]] where nine years before Audrina's birth, her adored elder sister ([[LegacyVesselNaming also named Audrina]]) was [[RapeAsBackstory raped and murdered]]. Audrina is forced to sit in her dead sister's rocking chair until she absorbs all the First and Best Audrina's [[GhostMemory memories]], so that she will become [[ReplacementGoldfish as loving and special as the First Audrina]].

It goes about as well as you'd expect.

As Audrina grows up, she begins to break away from her papa and her home, but her life is still overshadowed by memories that don't belong to her, memories that threaten to ruin her marriage and destroy her sanity. If she's ever going to live a normal life, she must finally learn the terrifying secret that everyone else[[note]]including the reader[[/note]] already knows.

Everyone except...[[TitleDrop My Sweet Audrina]]

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!!The book provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Damian and Lucky. Even before [[spoiler: Audrina was raped]], Damian was a father who was satisfied only with being treated with unquestioned obedience and worship. [[spoiler: After the rape, Lucky scrubs Audrina's skin so hard during a scalding hot bath that she bleeds and was the more hysterical parent. She also seems to see Audrina as defiled and impure from then on until the {{Gaslighting}}]]
** Regarding Vera, he and Ellsbeth averts this trope more or less due to Vera being an EnfantTerrible.
* AdaptedOut: Billie and Sylvia in the movie adaptation. A brief scene explains that Sylvia was stillborn, but Billie is never mentioned at all.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Audrina, who is repeatedly described as blonde in the book, is a brunette in the Lifetime movie.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Arden's a much better person in the movie. While he participates in the ruse along with everyone else, it's shown that he actually tried to stop Audrina's rape, rather than running like a coward, before being overpowered by her assailants, ''doesn't'' force himself on Audrina on their wedding night and in fact patiently waits until she's ready to have sex, and finally, although clearly tempted, with the exception of one kiss that he immediately regrets, ultimately resists Vera's attempts at seducing him rather than succumbing immediately. Even after she drugs and undresses him, he's still coherent enough to fight her off.
* AdultFear: One's child being raped. It's especially cruel since it happened the first time Audrina was allowed to walk home by herself and there have been numerous notorious RealLife incidents that happened in the same manner.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Vera has one. On the living room sofa. In the middle of the day. In front of Audrina. Who is nine or ten at this point.
* TheAlcoholic: Lucky.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Many readers recall this book only for the huge amount of sex and TheReveal.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Sylvia is clearly developmentally challenged, but we are not told exactly what is wrong with her, and the book strongly implies she may be [[ObfuscatingDisability exaggerating]] (even though it would be difficult for a profoundly mentally disabled child to do this).[[note]]Research indicates that mentally challenged people catch up a bit as they mature, so Sylvia may now understand a few things, and may be able to conceal that she has.[[/note]]
* BabyTrap: Vera tries this with Lamar, but miscarries.
* BastardBoyfriend: Arden Lowe treats Audrina very poorly and had cheated on her with Vera more than once.
* TheBeautifulElite: The family is wealthy, lives in a huge house, and are all (with the exception of the plainer Ellsbeth) repeatedly described as very beautiful. Even Sylvia, who has severe and very apparent disabilities, is so striking that it's easy to miss her condition at first glance.
** Even Ellsbeth doesn't escape this trope. When Audrina spies on her and Damian, Ellsbeth is wearing such a sheer nightgown that she's as good as naked and Audrina says she's much more attractive without clothes to the point where she could compete with her prettier sister.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia. Also, among the varying stories told to Audrina about the First Audrina's death is that she died the day the Second Audrina was born.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lucky, who indirectly taunts Ellsbeth [[spoiler: about how she stole Damian away from her]] and still keeps drinking while she's pregnant all while she's portrayed as the sweet, pretty Whitefern daughter compared to her plainer, serious sister. Vera would be this but she puts her bitchiness on display far more openly and her sweetness is almost always fake.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: After being hit with a blood-clot [[spoiler: flung by her hemorrhaging, hysterical daughter in the throes of a miscarriage]], Ellsbeth calmly returns to the kitchen, changes her bloodstained apron, and goes back to rolling pie crusts.
* BrokenBird: Ellsbeth. After [[spoiler: Damian impregnates her with Vera and then leaves to marry her sister,]] she swears off men forever, only to end up a domestic servant for her sister and brother-in-law to provide a home for her daughter and herself. Vera becomes a terrifyingly oversexed and evil child and [[spoiler: even pushes Ellsbeth down the stairs, killing her.]] The only time she's ever happy is when she finally has Damian to herself at long last [[spoiler: after Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia]] but it doesn't last long. She's also the OnlySaneMan in the story due to her treating Audrina like a real person rather than antagonizing her or lying to her.
* BuryYourDisabled: Double-amputee Billie falls down the stairs and breaks her neck.
* CainAndAbel: Vera and Audrina. The comparison becomes even more apt when we find out that the two are not only cousins, but half-sisters, and that [[spoiler:Vera set Audrina up to be gang-raped in order to spoil her in their father's eyes so that Vera would look like the better daughter.]]
** Lucky and Ellsbeth also count though they're not at all what people think they are. [[spoiler: Lucky is treated as Abel but is more Cain-like in personality due to being more deceptive and secretly cruel. The stern Ellsbeth is seen as the Cain but is more Abel-like since she is actually a nicer person than her sister.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: The climax of the novel is Audrina finally doing this. She goes on to call ''everyone'' out, including Arden and Vera.
** Vera calls out Damian several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damian out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Audrina and Arden Lowe. He was about thirteen. She was ''seven.''
* {{Clairvoyance}}: Audrina displays a mild (and mostly unremarked upon) gift for seeing the past and future, which her father tries to channel through the rocking chair. For example, she is able to play the stock market, [[spoiler: she predicts Lucky's death around the moment it's happening]], and at the end of the book, she [[spoiler: believes she receives a warning against leaving Sylvia alone with Damian]].
** Some of Audrina's apparent clairvoyance may be conflated with [[spoiler: the gaslighting that has caused her to forget her past; she believes her own memories are actually those of her dead sister]]. Other times, the clairvoyance is PlayedStraight.
* ClosetShuffle: Vera invokes this on herself in the movie when she hears Damian approaching after she's brought the pornographic pictures to Audrina.
* ConvenientMiscarriage : Actually, a very inconvenient one, because it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Vera's way to escape Whitefern by forcing Lamar to marry her.]] Another [[{{Squick}} memorable scene]] happens when [[spoiler: Vera crawls around on the floor in blood and throws one of the clumps.]]
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: Everyone to Audrina while she's in her coma. Vera to cruelly taunt her about how she and Arden are having sex and intend to kill her off for good, Arden to move her arms and legs and implore her to PleaseWakeUp, and Damien to basically whine and cry about how all [[ItsAllAboutMe this is affecting HIM]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[http://www.completevca.com/pics/full/adare_audrina2016_1.jpg The cover for the book's 2016 edition]] shows Audrina as a brunette, probably to tie in with the film version. Likewise the cover of ''Whitefern,'' though in black and white, appears to show Audrina as a brunette.
** Audrina's stated hair color in the novel (an impossible mixture of blonde, red, chestnut, platinum, and white) is very difficult to portray visually. Most covers simply show her as a strawberry blonde.
* CreepyChild: Sylvia is originally presented as profoundly mentally challenged, but there's evidence [[ReplacementGoldfish she may be able to imitate Audrina to an uncomfortable degree]].
* DaddysGirl: The First and Best Audrina was one before her rape. [[spoiler:After the rape, she feared all males, including her father, hence Damian's desperate need to reprogram the "second" Audrina.]]
* DarkSecret: The fate of the First and Best Audrina, amongst others.
** When we first meet Audrina, her family behaves as if some terrible, mysterious thing killed the First Audrina. Only after a few sessions in the rocking chair does Audrina "remember" that the terrible thing was rape. It's played as a dark secret by the family, but it's pretty obvious to everyone, including the audience.
** Vera is Damian's daughter by Ellsbeth. Again, only Audrina is unaware of this, and the family keep it as a dark secret from her.
** From the beginning, Arden behaves as if he knows something that Audrina does not. [[spoiler: It turns out that Arden witnessed the First Audrina's rape and ran without helping her. As an adult, Audrina finally recalls this detail and infers that Arden only married her out of guilt.]]
* DaylightHorror : The second Audrina is terrified of flashing colors, keeping herself to the shadows to avoid the patterns of the stained glass windows on the floor of her home. [[spoiler: We later learn that the First Audrina attempted suicide from one of those windows during a violent lightning storm.]]
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia.]]
* DefiledForever: The First Audrina's opinion of herself after being raped, ''upheld by her father,'' who consistently refers to the First Audrina as having been "spoiled."
** Lucky is implied to have upheld it to, though to a lesser extent. [[spoiler:The scalding-hot bath and the rather vicious cleaning strongly imply that she viewed Audrina as defiled, though Damian later says that she occasionally agreed with Ellsbeth that gaslighing Audrina was damaging and that they should just help her cope with her trauma normally]].
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. In the movie, Vera slips into slinky lingerie, drugs Arden, and starts to undress him. This is never portrayed as okay, especially since it also has the double benefit of distracting him from the fact that she disconnected Audrina's life support. He's coherent enough to fight her off and is clearly angry and disgusted at her behavior.
* EnfantTerrible:
** Vera. She becomes an even worse adult.
** Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.
* EvilOverlooker: Damian in the stepback art for the first edition.
* EvilRedhead: Vera Whitefern.
* FateWorseThanDeath: In its [[RapeIsASpecialKindofEvil original usage]], and treated as such by Audrina's parents, [[spoiler:who "kill off" the First Audrina as if to underscore that it is better to have a dead daughter than one DefiledForever. This belief is so ingrained that pre-brainwashing Audrina states outright that she wishes she had been murdered rather than raped.]]
* ForcedToWatch: In the movie, Arden tries to stop Audrina's gang-rape but is quickly overpowered by her assailants, who then invoke this trope.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In addition to The Big Spoiler, the entire family (plus her future husband, his mother, Audrina's schoolteachers, and more than a few townsfolk) conspire for years to convince Audrina that she has a mental illness.
** Lucky and Ellsbeth host "Tuesday Teatimes" twice a week to convince Audrina that time is passing faster.
** [[ClockDiscrepancy All the clocks]] in the house are set to different times. There are no calendars, and no one will tell Audrina their real age. Damian stuffs the mailbox with [[NewspaperDating back-dated newspapers]]. And while there is a television in the house, Audrina is forbidden to watch it.
** Audrina is given tranquilizers instead of aspirin for her frequent headaches, so that she often [[AsleepForDays sleeps for days]] without realizing and wakes thinking it's been only a few hours. Conversely, Audrina takes short unmedicated naps and is told upon waking that it's the next day.
* GhostMemory: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Damian wants Audrina to gain the memories and talents of the First and Best Audrina, [[spoiler:but the two Audrinas turn out to be the same person]].
* GlamorousSingleMother: Billie was one until she became ill, and is still described as being very beautiful even now that she's older and disabled.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: Vera catches Audrina changing from bathing suit to normal clothes and manages to snag both sets as well as Arden's.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Audrina and Lucky are described as wearing purple dresses which highlight their femininity and [[PurpleEyes match their eye color.]]
* HollywoodHealing: Narrowly averted. After Audrina [[spoiler:wakens from her coma]], there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it paragraph explaining that she spends several weeks in the hospital undergoing physical therapy to regain the use of her limbs.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Billie was a former ice-skater who lost both legs to diabetes just as she was about to hit the big time.
** Lucky was a gifted pianist who gave up her stage career to marry Audrina's father. She's never let him forget it.
* IdiotSavant: Sylvia, who despite her severe intellectual disability is presented as preternaturally wise and [[spoiler:comes up with a very clever solution for rescuing Audrina from Vera, who was about to switch off Audrina's life support machine.]]
** There's also a bit where she knocks a cup of tea Vera has prepared for Audrina out of Audrina's hands. Vera later reveals to comatose Audrina that she's been drugging her. Sylvia's actions indicate that she knew this and was trying to protect her.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The general definition of the First and Best Audrina's alleged "gift." Damien believed the First Audrina's "gift" was destroyed by her rape, and he became obsessed with recreating it in the second Audrina, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only to instead fill her with fear and mistrust of him]]. [[spoiler: Ironically, once Audrina broke free of Damien's control, it turned out the IncorruptiblePurePureness really ''was'' incorruptible and had been there the whole time. More ironic still, it drives her to return home to her controlling father.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Lucky and Ellsbeth's friend Mercy Marie disappeared whilst working as a missionary in Africa, and is believed to have been eaten by local people. During their weekly tea parties, they put out her photo and talk to her as if she were there, which unnerves Audrina, given how Mercy Marie is supposed to have died.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Arden's excuse for pretty much everything, including why he didn't remain a virgin until marriage even though he was engaged to Audrina, why he slept with Vera, why he raped Audrina on their honeymoon, and, of course, why he slept with Vera ''again''--even ''Damian'' tells Audrina that "you can't really blame him for what he did with her", telling her that he was clearly unhappy with their sex life.
* IronicNurseryTune: Audrina's playroom song, the lyrics of which, sadly, prove that Audrina always knew her father's ultimate plans for her.
* InspirationallyDisabled: Arden's mother Billie was an [[GloryDays ice-skating champion]] who [[ICouldaBeenAContender might have competed in the Olympics]] until she [[CareerEndingInjury lost both legs to diabetes]].
** She then becomes a DisabledLoveInterest for [[spoiler: Audrina's father]]. Audrina finds this repulsive.
* InTheBlood: The Whitefern sisters' hatred for each other.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: After several ''years'' of marriage, Arden finally gives Audrina an orgasm. This not only erases all their previous sexual dysfunction, but also seems to cure Audrina of her childhood fear of sex.
** In the movie, learning that it's SHE who was gang-raped finally breaks her out of her sexual fears, leading to her and Arden finally consummating their marriage.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Damien, big time. Arden too. In particular, they both whine separately to Audrina about how much her coma affected ''them'' and Arden practically pouts when Audrina angrily throws his infidelity in his face.
* JerkassFacade: Ellsbeth acts cold and mean to Audrina, but she is also the only person who shoots straight with her most of the time and encourages her to become independent of her father, who Ellsbeth foresees will try to control Audrina for the rest of her life. [[spoiler: After Lucky's death and Vera's departure,]] Ellsbeth and Audrina develop a much closer, warmer relationship, to the point that Audrina is allowed to call her "Ellie," a name she had previously only permitted Damian to call her.
* KaleidoscopeHair: Lucky, Audrina, and the First Audrina all have hair of "flaxen blonde, with [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold gold]], auburn, [[FieryRedhead bright red]], [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette chestnut brown]], copper and even some [[MysticalWhiteHair white]]."
* KarmicDeath [=/=] LaserGuidedKarma: Vera falls down the same stairs that she shoved Ellsbeth, Billie, and Audrina down, fatally injuring herself.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Vera and Arden [[spoiler: ''on the floor in front of Arden's comatose wife's hospital bed and her mentally disabled sister'']].
** Audrina and Arden [[spoiler:on top of/in Audrina's "dead" sister's empty grave in the middle of an electrical storm.]]
* MaritalRapeLicense: Arden
* MisplacedRetribution: Vera is justifiably incensed about her father ignoring her in favor of Audrina, but takes it out on ''Audrina'', [[spoiler: setting her up to be raped and making her life hell otherwise.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Damian in a rare male example of the trope. He refuses to let Audrina leave the house, much less the property. He dictates her clothing and behavior to his own specifications for female modesty, to the point that she mostly wears the style of dresses and petticoats that were appropriate when ''he'' was growing up. When finally forced to send her to school, he gives her strict orders to always sit with her knees together and to never meet eyes with a boy. [[spoiler:Finally, and probably most importantly, he manipulates his daughter into being pathologically afraid of everything outside the house, so that she only trusts in him.]]
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Damian does his damndest to keep Audrina this way by essentially confining her to the house and keeping her emotionally and financially dependent upon him. When she manages to elope behind his back, he simply takes up where he left off when she returns--and starts to work on putting her new husband in the same position.
** Arden may be guilty of this too. It's implied that he picks out her clothes for her, choosing white dresses so that she will look more childlike.
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Poor Audrina tries to invoke this with her father once she regains consciousness, but she's too weak.
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Lucky is in the habit of taking a large amount of bourbon in her tea. [[spoiler:Subsequently, when Lucky dies in childbirth and Sylvia is born severely disabled, Audrina is convinced that this is partly because of Lucky's drinking.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Ellsbeth Whitefern. She's the only person who [[spoiler: objected to the {{Gaslighting}} Audrina goes through and only went along when Damian threatened to turn her and her daughter onto the streets without a penny.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Arden is played by British actor Creator/WilliamMoseley in the movie. It becomes obvious during the graveyard confrontation scene (a typical "emotional" scene where even the most skilled actors have trouble maintaining a fake accent).
* ParalyzingFearOfSexuality: Between the horror stories she's been told about her older sister and the fact that [[spoiler: the gang-rape really happened to HER]], Audrina has this big time.
* PoliceAreUseless: In a rare example of the police actually being called to investigate a crime in a V.C. Andrews novel, they somehow determine [[spoiler: that a double-amputee with no legs tripped on the stairway carpet and fell to her death.]]
* PleaseWakeUp: Arden visits Audrina daily to move her arms and legs and implore this of her. Audrina doubts his sincerity, given that despite all his entreaties, he still goes to bed with Vera every night.
* PsychicLink: Audrina shares one with Sylvia.
* RapeAsDrama: Though it [[spoiler: supposedly]] takes place well before the events of the book, the rape of the First Audrina is described in detail ''three times.'' The first time we are treated to listening to the rape of a nine-year-old girl described by another nine-year-old girl.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: A theme of the entire book.
** [[spoiler: Vera]] is set up to be a horrible person throughout the entire story, but her rage is portrayed as justified and even sympathetic due to her long-running status as TheUnfavorite. But the moment we learn that [[spoiler: she set up Audrina to be gang-raped]], [[MoralEventHorizon all of that goes right out the window.]]
* RejectionAffection: Audrina yanks her arm away from Arden the minute she comes out of the coma. While she's in the hospital, he tries to visit her daily, only to be turned away each time. Despite this, when she comes home, he immediately runs up to the car and tries to hug and kiss her and not until she screams at him not to touch her does it finally dawn on him that she wants nothing to do with him.
* ReplacementGoldfish:
** Damian encourages Audrina to become her dead sister [[spoiler:(although this turns out not to be a straight instance)]], and later, her dead mother (though thankfully not sexually).
** Sylvia is a ReplacementGoldfish as well for not only Audrina (who says that Sylvia has "the gift") but for the shrewish Ellsbeth as well.
** Vera seems to be trying to make herself this to Audrina, with her frequent, almost desperate attempts to make Damian love her--she even tells Audrina at one point that ''she'' is the First Audrina. Even her seducing Arden demonstrates this. At the end, when she leaves Audrina to die, she's even wearing her clothes, perfume, and makeup.
* SettleForSibling: Both Arden and Lamar Rensdale sleep with Vera because they can't have Audrina. Damian refused to marry Ellsbeth after she got pregnant with Vera, and married Lucky, whom he'd wanted all along; but after [[spoiler:Lucky dies in childbirth]] he resumes his affair with Ellsbeth [[spoiler:now that her sister's gone.]]
* SexIsViolence: Audrina and Arden get into a huge verbal and physical altercation, with her enraged at his infidelity and for perpetuating the [[spoiler: lie that some non-existent older sister was gang-raped and murdered rather than HER]]. Somewhere along the line, the fight turns into, as she described it, "the greatest passion of my life, brutal passion that devoured and demanded."
* SexlessMarriage: Arden and Audrina in the TV movie.
* ShowerOfAngst: Bath, in this case. After the rape, The First Audrina's mother takes a [[AbusiveParents scrub brush to the girl's skin]] and scrapes it raw.
* [[ShrineToTheFallen Shrine to the Fallen, Western Edition]]: The First Audrina's playroom is kept exactly as it was the day she died.
* SiblingYinYang: Lucky and Ellsbeth, Audrina and Vera, Audrina and Sylvia.
* SpoiledBrat: Lucky.
* SouthernGothic : DysfunctionalFamily? Check. CreepyChild? Check. The South? Check. A mix of horror and romance? Got it. UnreliableNarrator? Yep. OldMaid? Aunt Ellsbeth and, to a lesser extent, Billie. Decaying mansion/old money? Check. And probably several other examples of the genre.
* StaircaseTumble: And ''how''. Ellsbeth, Billie, Audrina, and Vera all fall down the stairs (or more accurately, Vera shoved the first three), with only Audrina surviving.
** In ''Whitefern'' we continue the theme: Damien has a close call on the same set of stairs, [[spoiler: while Arden eventually dies after falling down them. (He isn't pushed, but both Audrina and Sylvia, who are within easy grasp of saving him, [[MurderByInaction conveniently fail to do so.]])]]
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: One of Vera's final taunts to Audrina as she leaves her to die is to reveal that she's been drugging Audrina's tea to keep her in an apathetic state (and presumably allow her to move in on Arden).
* TechnicolorEyes: The women of the Adare family, to go with their "[[MulticoloredHair chameleon hair]]".
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged.]] [[spoiler: The First Audrina ''is'' taken to a psychologist after her rape and suicide attempts, but ''her father'' finds the electroconvulsive treatment so traumatic that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he takes her home and resolves to brainwash her.]]]]
** Sylvia likewise spends the first two years of her life in a care facility for the mentally disabled, only to be taken home by Damian. Part of his reasoning is that she would be better cared for at home. [[spoiler: After all, it worked so well the first time...]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Audrina learns that she ''is'' the First and Best Audrina and that the rape happened to ''her.'' The entire family conspired to keep this from her until adulthood, and even then her father only revealed it when directly confronted.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth to Audrina [[spoiler: after Lucky dies.]]
** Arden in the movie. While he participates in the ruse along with everyone else, it's shown that he actually tried to stop Audrina's rape, rather than running like a coward, before being overpowered by her assailants, ''doesn't'' force himself on Audrina on their wedding night and in fact patiently waits until she's ready to have sex, and finally, although clearly tempted, with the exception of one kiss that he immediately regrets, ultimately resists Vera's attempts at seducing him rather than succumbing immediately.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Aside from the relentless brainwashing she's been put through, this is probably the other reason Audrina doesn't realize that the rape happened to her rather than a non-existent older sister.]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Sylvia. Vera was also an oversexed child as well.
* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both. Ellsbeth was the unfavorite to Lucky as well.
* TheVamp: Vera, to the point that it becomes somewhat hilarious. To adequately sum up Vera would require employing most of the SexTropes list. What follows are some of her highlights:
** Seducing her seven-year-old cousin's twelve-year-old boyfriend (when she herself is only about fifteen).
** Seducing her twentysomething-year-old piano teacher while imitating said seven-year-old cousin.
** Straddling said cousin's torso while describing said seduction, in detail, to said cousin, while naked from the waist up.
** Flashing her vag at said cousin in a completely separate encounter.
** Going out of her way to find reasons to flash her boobs (including claiming that a bee stung the underside of her breast and that she needs help "pulling the stinger out").
** Public masturbation (again, in front of the cousin)
* VillainsDyingGrace: The cops are suspicious of what is now the fourth StaircaseTumble at Whitefern and are interrogating Damian and Arden when the dying Vera manages to whisper that she fell on her own, thus exempting them from responsibility.
* VillainHasAPoint: Vera's a loathsome person, but she's absolutely right in everything she blasts Damian for at the end of the book. She also says that Arden is "weak" and given what we've seen of his behavior, she's right about that too.
* [[PurpleEyes Violet Eyes]]: Audrina (and the First Audrina, natch). It's brought up constantly, to the point that Arden gifts Audrina with violet dresses and hand-painted violet diaries to match. Since Billie is said to have eyes "like Creator/ElizabethTaylor", who famously had violet eyes, she can also be included in the count.
* WhatTheHellHero: Pretty much everyone but particularly Damian and Arden [[spoiler:and even Audrina in the final paragraph of the book.]]
** The entire family's efforts to "protect" Audrina are a combination of drugs, brainwashing, electroconvulsive therapy, and decades of convincing her that she is mentally ill.
** Damian's motivation is revealed to be his attempt to keep Audrina forever as his caretaker.
** Arden not only cheats on Audrina [[spoiler:while she's in a coma,]] he is later revealed to have run away while the First Audrina was being gangraped [[spoiler:as well as perpetuating the lie that there was a First Audrina.]]
** [[spoiler:Audrina is on the verge of leaving Damian and Arden forever and starting her own life when she is overcome with guilt and goes back to them in the very last paragraph.]]
* WomanInWhite: Audrina often wears white to highlight her childlike innocence. [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Arden who chooses her clothes for her after they're married and buys her white dresses.
* {{Yandere}}: Vera Whitefern [[spoiler: set up Audrina to be raped and later tried to kill Audrina while she was in a coma]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Damian cheated on Ellsbeth with Lucky and possibly cheated on Lucky with Ellsbeth--after he and Ellsbeth resume their affair after Lucky's death, Audrina wonders if they had been carrying on all along even while Lucky was alive. Ellsbeth accuses him of cheating on her again, citing his late nights, but he refuses to give her a straight answer. And of course, Arden's repeated infidelities with Vera.
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