- Adaptation Displacement: More people have heard of The Movie, Simon Birch, which is pretty good in its own right.
- Genius Bonus: Over and over and over.
- Narm: The death of Tabitha is somewhat undermined by the fact that she was killed by a stray baseball. This is not helped by the text, which describes her as spinning around from the impact of the ball, giving the impression of a Looney Toons cartoon.
- Shout-Out: To everything from Great Expectations to Jude the Obscure.
- Tear Jerker: "The Shot," and the ending lines, which just highlight how lost Johnny is without Owen.
-O God – please give him back! I shall keep asking You!