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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 20000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''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 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. A ghostwritten sequel, ''Whitefern'', is due for release in summer of 2016. The original novel hinges on one big {{Spoiler}}, which many readers guess right from the beginning.

Seven-year-old [[AlliterativeName Audrina Adele Adare]] lives in isolation in a OldDarkHouse with her mother Lucky, her OverprotectiveDad Damian, her [[DoesNotLikeMen Aunt Ellsbeth]] and Ellsbeth's daughter [[TheVamp Vera]]. Audrina suffers from a strange inability to sense time passing and is forbidden to go to school, make friends, or [[DontGoIntoTheWoods visit the woods behind their house]] where nine years before Audrina's birth, her elder sister ([[LegacyVesselNaming also named Audrina]]) was [[RapeAsBackstory raped and murdered]]. Now Damien wants the second Audrina to sit in her dead sister's rocking chair until she absorbs all the First and Best Audrina's [[GhostMemory memories]], so that she can become [[TheDutifulSon 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 father 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. Finally she decides it is time to learn the truth that everyone[[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}}]] 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.
* 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).
* 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.
* 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. She gets pregnant with Vera by [[spoiler: Damian, who leaves her for Lucky and swears her off of men forever.]] She then has to be 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.
* CainAndAbel: Vera and Audrina. The comparison becomes even more apt when we find out that the two are not 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 Damien several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damien 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.''
* ConvenientMiscarriage : Actually, a very inconvenient one, because it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Vera's ticket. Another [[{{Squick}} memorable scene]] happens when Vera crawls around on the floor]] in blood and throws one of the clumps.
* 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 Damien desperate need to reprogram the "second" Audrina.]]
* DarkSecret: The fate of the First and Best Audrina, amongst others.
** When we first meet Audrina, she doesn't know her sister died after being raped and only "remembers" it after a session in the rocking chair.
** Vera is Damien's daughter by Ellsbeth. It's played as a dark secret, but it's pretty obvious to everyone, including the audience. Only Audrina is unaware.
** [[spoiler: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 first Audrina's rape happened while she was walking home, in broad daylight. And the second Audrina is terrified...of reflective crystals.
* DeathByChildbirth: [[spoiler:Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia.]]
* DefiledForever: The First Audrina's opinion of herself after being raped, ''upheld by her father.''
** 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 and wanted Audrina to cope properly with the trauma, rather than gaslighting her the way they were]].
* EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' without question and she becomes an even worse adult. Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In addition to The Big Spoiler, the entire family (plus Audrina's future husband, his mother, her teachers, 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, and there are no calendars. No one will tell Audrina how old they are, and Damien stuffs the mailbox with [[NewspaperDating back-dated newspapers]].
** Audrina is given tranquillizers 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.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Audrina, and once or twice Lucky, are described as wearing purple dresses which highlight their femininity and [[PurpleEyes match their eye color.]]
* 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.]]
* 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''.
* 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 a [[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.
* JerkassFacade: Ellsbeth acts cold and mean to Audrina but she does genuinely care about her enough to try to get her out of the family's madness. She and Audrina become much closer after Vera leaves to the point where she gives Audrina permission to call her Ellie, which only Damian was allowed 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]]."
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Vera and Arden [[spoiler: ''on the floor in front of Arden's comatose wife's hospital bed'']].
** Audrina and Arden [[spoiler:on top of/in Audrina's "dead" sister's empty grave in the middle of an electrical storm.]]
* MaritalRapeLicense: Arden
* MyBelovedSmother: Damian in a rare male example of the trope. He refuses to let Audrina leave the house, much less the property. 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.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Damien 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.
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Lucky is in the habit of taking a large amount of bourbon in her tea. When she gets pregnant, Damian warns her to stop drinking (and even beats her in an effort to make her stop) but she doesn't. [[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 followed along to guarantee that she and Vera would be able to have a place to live.]]
* PsychicLink: Audrina shares one with Sylvia.
* RapeAsDrama: 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. The moment we learn that [[spoiler: she set up Audrina to be gang-raped]], [[MoralEventHorizon all that goes out the window.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: Damian encourages Audrina to become her dead sister, and later, [[FreudWasRight 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* SiblingYingYang: Lucky and Ellsbeth, Audrina and Vera, Audrina and Sylvia.
* SpoiledBrat: Lucky.
* SouthernGothic : DysfunctionalFamily? Check. CreepyChild? Check. TheSouth? Check. A mix of horror and romance? Got it. UnreliableNarrator? Yep. OldMaid? Aunt Ellsbeth and, to a lesser extent, Billie...until Damian gets his hooks into both. Decaying mansion/old money? Check. And probably several other examples of the genre.
* 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 breasts and that she needs help "pulling the stinger out").
** Public masturbation (again, in front of the cousin)
* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both. Ellsbeth was the unfavorite to Lucky as well.
* 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.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Arden. He was the polite neighbor boy who mowed the lawn and was a friend of Audrina's [[spoiler: but ran away when Audrina was gang-raped and treats her very poorly when they're married and cheats on her with Vera.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out to be fake or to hurt others.
* [[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 ElizabethTaylor", who famously had violet eyes, she can also be included in the count.
* WhatTheHellHero: Pretty much everyone but particularly Damien and Arden [[spoiler:and even Audrina in the final paragraph of the book.]]
** The entire family efforts to "protect" Audrina are a combination of drugs, brainwashing, electroshock therapy, and decades of convincing her that she is mentally ill.
** Damien'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 Damien 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.