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* TheWoobie : Poor, poor Harley.



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* TheWoobie : Poor, poor Harley. And the youngest, most innocent member of the family, six-year-old Jody.




The debut novel by American author ''Creator/TawniODell'', the story revolves around Harley Altmyer, a teenager who takes on the care of his three younger sisters. Published in 2000, the book was an Oprah's Book Club release. Some tropes featured in the novel include:

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The debut novel by American author ''Creator/TawniODell'', the story revolves around Harley Altmyer, a teenager who takes on the care of his three younger sisters. Published in 2000, the book was an Oprah's Book Club release. Some tropes featured in the novel include:


* LikesOlderWomen : Subverted. Harley sort of falls into his affair with the HotMom next door, but he claims his life is "lousy with women."

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* LikesOlderWomen : Subverted. Harley sort of falls into his affair with the HotMom mother next door, but he claims his life is "lousy with women."


* AbusiveParents : Harley's dad. Subverted when Harley comments that he wants to hit his sister, and he realizes it was "nothing personal."

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* AbusiveParents : Harley's dad. Subverted when Harley comments that he wants to hit his sister, and he realizes it was "nothing personal." Also serves as a FreudianExcuse for many of the family's problems, particularly Amber's attraction to abusive guys.


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* ParentalFavorite: Misty is clearly her dad's favourite, though the possibility of sexual abuse is hinted at.


* DepartmentOfChidDisservices : Harley attends court-ordered therapy, but it doesn't seem to help much.

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* DepartmentOfChidDisservices DepartmentOfChildDisservices : Harley attends court-ordered therapy, but it doesn't seem to help much.

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The debut novel by American author ''Creator/TawniODell'', the story revolves around Harley Altmyer, a teenager who takes on the care of his three younger sisters. Published in 2000, the book was an Oprah's Book Club release. Some tropes featured in the novel include:

* AbusiveParents : Harley's dad. Subverted when Harley comments that he wants to hit his sister, and he realizes it was "nothing personal."
* AdultsAreUseless : Pretty much all of them.
* BringMyBrownPants
* [[spoiler: BrotherSisterIncest : Harley and Amber, at the very end, although it's hinted that they had a sexual relationship when they were younger]]
* DepartmentOfChidDisservices : Harley attends court-ordered therapy, but it doesn't seem to help much.
* DysfunctionalFamily : And how!
* HollywoodNewEngland : The story is set in rural Pennsylvania, but much is made of the class difference between the working-class Altmyers and their wealthy neighbour, whose father owns most of the land nearby.
* InMediasRes : Harley is already at the police station, talking about what got him there.
* LikesOlderWomen : Subverted. Harley sort of falls into his affair with the HotMom next door, but he claims his life is "lousy with women."
* ParentalAbandonment : His father was murdered by his mother [[spoiler: not really]]. When visiting her in prison, Harley gets the impression that she's relieved to be there, stripped of her parental duties.
* PromotionToParent : Harley. He's offered a choice: He can be "an ADULT with dependents, or an ORPHAN with nobody."
* StacysMom : Harley meets his crush because his youngest sister is friends with the woman's daughter.
* TheWoobie : Poor, poor Harley.



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