- The day I was born started off bad, and it only got worse.
Includes examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Bone's Stepfather is very abusive towards her.
- Heroic Bastard: Bone.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Glen gets the holy hell beat out of him by Bone's uncles.
- Deep South
- From Bad to Worse: As the quote above implies, Bone starts off in and a bad situation, and it only gets worse from there.
- In-Series Nickname: Our protagonist is named Ruth Anne, but she has been called Bone since birth.
- Rape as Drama
- Would Hurt a Child: Glen has no qualms about this whatsoever.