''The Book Of Joe'' is a 2004 novel by JonathanTropper that followed the return of Joe Goffman to his hometown of Bush Falls, Connecticut due to his father's illness. Since he made it rich by writing a disparaging novel in a thinly-veiled version of it, most of the townsfolk hate him. He struggles to reforge his connections with family and friends and move past the events of what occurred in his final year of high school.
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!!This book contains examples of the following tropes:
* AlwaysSecondBest: Joe felt his father always felt closer to his older brother Brad thanks to Brad's sporting prowess. [[spoiler: Its what makes him finding his father's scrapbook about his literary success so heartwarming.]]
* ClosetKey: Sammy for [[spoiler: Wayne]].
* CoolUncle: Joe. Called out for being a little too cool by Brad.
* DomesticAbuse: What Carly suffered during her marriage.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Sammy.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Most of the main characters are dealing with significant issues.
* {{Gayngst}}: Sammy and [[spoiler: Wayne.]]
* GirlNextDoor: Carly
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Brad married his [[spoiler: and they're now in an unhappy marriage where he is cheating on her.]] Joe and Carly were once this too.
* JerkJock: Sean Tallon, to psychopathic extremes and Mouse his sidekick and later town sheriff.
* MaybeEverAfter: Carly and Joe at the end of the book.
* MissingMom: Joe and Brad's mom.
* MostWritersAreWriters: A significant sub-plot follows Joe's attempts to write his next book.
* SexWithTheEx: Carly and Joe eventually reconnect and it leads to this and an implied relationship.
* StacysMom: Sammy's mom Lucy.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Wayne]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Some of Joe's issues definitely stem from his perceived inability to win his father's approval.
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