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* JewishMother: Zig-zagged, defied, broken, subverted, and double-subverted with several examples.
** Cannie's Mother loves babies and is quite the IronChef, the trope is nodded to when she lightly laments Cannie not being a lesbian, however her parenting methods are rather laissez-faire. Also defying the trope is that she is a divorced lesbian.
** Cannie becomes a mother at the end [[spoiler: but almost loses her infant daughter]] and the story focuses on her; the sequel "Certain Girls" has her in a similar position as the trope, but with a sympathetic treatment because she is dealing with an adolescent daughter as a woman who has a body image issues that hurt her in the past. Cannie even notes that she never felt the tick-tocking on her biological clock.
** "The Ever Tasteful Audrey", Bruce's mother is a very genteel, upper-middle class, pleasant mannered version of the trope who is also SilkHidingSteel given what she deals with in one year: her husband dies, her son sometimes depends on her and her husband for money, her son is irresponsible and doesn't take any responsibility for his paternity, and her granddaughter is born premature.
** Cannie's friend's mother (especially in the sequel) is a straight example, gifting young Joy with American Girl Dolls and loudly lamenting how she isn't getting her own grandchildren.


* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Horrifically comes very close to being averted, when Cannie's fall in the airport bathroom nearly kills Joy, who is forced into a premature birth. Thankfully, Joy recovers]].

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* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Horrifically comes very close to being averted, when Cannie's [[spoiler:Cannie's fall in the airport bathroom nearly kills Joy, who is forced into a premature birth. Thankfully, Joy recovers]].


* TakeThat: To ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and ''BridgetJones'', where Cannie bemoans being a cliche single woman like those two characters and that her body size is those two put together; Jennifer Weiner even discussed two such examples of why she decided to write a genuinely plus sized character.

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* TakeThat: To ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and ''BridgetJones'', ''Literature/BridgetJones'', where Cannie bemoans being a cliche single woman like those two characters and that her body size is those two put together; Jennifer Weiner even discussed two such examples of why she decided to write a genuinely plus sized character.


* {{Pettanko}}: Tanya. Cannie stated she was expecting a [[LesbianJock "standard issue gym teacher"]] type, only to be seeing this tiny, scrawny, curveless, flat-chested woman with frizzy hair.


* DotingParent: Bruce's parents are this trope, they're practically a Jewish [[TheBradyBunch Mike and Carol]].

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* DotingParent: Bruce's parents are this trope, they're practically a Jewish [[TheBradyBunch [[Series/TheBradyBunch Mike and Carol]].


* TakeThat: To AllyMcBeal and BridgetJones, where Cannie bemoans being a cliche single woman like those two characters and that her body size is those two put together; Jennifer Weiner even discussed two such examples of why she decided to write a genuinely plus sized character.

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* TakeThat: To AllyMcBeal ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' and BridgetJones, ''BridgetJones'', where Cannie bemoans being a cliche single woman like those two characters and that her body size is those two put together; Jennifer Weiner even discussed two such examples of why she decided to write a genuinely plus sized character.

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* HotGuyUglyWife: Cannie jokes/assumes she and Bruce being this during their time of dating; later she then meets his "rebound girl" and sees that though the woman is more slender than Cannie, she is unremarkable looking with an average build and meager bust line with an overbite.

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* {{Acrofatic}}: Cannie and her mother are both large women, but both are very athletic and take regular walks, Cannie even competed in sports.

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* LipstickLesbian: Cannie was hoping her mother would date a cultured version of this trope, one that would wear amber jewelry and hit film festivals.


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* {{Pettanko}}: Tanya. Cannie stated she was expecting a [[LesbianJock "standard issue gym teacher"]] type, only to be seeing this tiny, scrawny, curveless, flat-chested woman with frizzy hair.

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* AbusiveParents: Dr. Shapiro fills this trope; he was a loving yet absent-minded father at first and then around the time Cannie hit puberty, he became more insulting to his wife (towards her weight and sexuality), Cannie (telling her she's fat and ugly), Cannie's younger sister (calling her stupid), and the youngest brother (because he was "babyish").


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* DotingParent: Bruce's parents are this trope, they're practically a Jewish [[TheBradyBunch Mike and Carol]].


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* ParentsAsPeople: Cannie's Mother is loving to all her kids but even she makes gaffes like mentioning how she had "high hopes" Cannie would be a lesbian and mentioning her other daughter's career failures.


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* TakeThat: To AllyMcBeal and BridgetJones, where Cannie bemoans being a cliche single woman like those two characters and that her body size is those two put together; Jennifer Weiner even discussed two such examples of why she decided to write a genuinely plus sized character.


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* YouAreFat: Cannie has grown accustomed to this insult, Bruce even name drops it to her face.


* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. K. is considered this, compared to previous/other weight loss instructors, due to his interactions with the attendees and refraining from talking down to them like children and repeating well-worn information.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. K. is considered this, compared to previous/other weight loss instructors, due to his interactions with the attendees and refraining from talking down to them like children and repeating well-worn information. He also ends up becoming one of Cannie's closest allies in the narrative, usually by providing her needed medical advice.


* {{Adorkable}}: The leading lady certainly has her moments. Such as when Maxi gets Cannie to talk to the actor she's crushed on, by calling him over a cell phone, while he's in the same room.



* HasTwoMommies: The book ''Heather Has Two Mommies'' is referenced at one point, when a friend of her mother and Tanya mistakes Cannie for her a lesbian.

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* HasTwoMommies: The book ''Heather Has Two Mommies'' is referenced at one point, when a friend of her mother and Tanya mistakes Cannie for her a lesbian.lesbian single mother.


* DisappearedDad: Cannie's father walked out on her and her family, one day. [[spoiler:She discovers that he works in Hollywood as a plastic surgeon. Cannie schedules a bogus appointment to confront him, but ultimately gets no answer from him]].
** This also applies to Bruce, to a point, as he continues to distance himself from Cannie, after finding out she's pregnant with his child.

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* DisappearedDad: Cannie's father walked out on her and her family, one day. [[spoiler:She discovers that he works in Hollywood as a plastic surgeon. Cannie schedules a bogus appointment to confront him, but ultimately gets no answer from him]].
answer. He instead just walks away, and she never sees him, again]].
** This also applies to Bruce, to a point, as he continues to distance himself from Cannie, even after finding out she's pregnant with his child.child.
* EruditeStoner: Subverted with Bruce, who is a pothead but not particularly profound. Even with his "Loving a Larger Woman" column.



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:After distancing himself from Cannie, effectively exploiting her personal life for his writing, and never taking responsibility for their child, Bruce loses his "Loving a Larger Woman" article and major source of income. Even better, his contract isn't renewed in favor of giving Cannie the position]].

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:After distancing himself from Cannie, effectively exploiting her personal life for his writing, and never taking responsibility for their child, Bruce loses his "Loving a Larger Woman" article column and major source of income. Even better, his contract isn't renewed in favor of giving Cannie the position]].


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* PurpleProse: Bruce's "Loving a Larger Woman" column is composed in this manner, to make him sound more sympathetic than he actually is.


* AboveTheInfluence: Lampshaded by Maxi, after Cannie brings Adrian Stadt to her house, to recover after passing out. She notes that Cannie didn't take nude photos of him, while he was out of it, proves she's a good person.

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* AboveTheInfluence: Lampshaded by Maxi, after Cannie brings Adrian Stadt to her house, to recover after passing out. She notes that Cannie didn't take nude photos of him, while he was out of it, which proves she's a good person.


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* DespairEventHorizon: Cannie comes very close to crossing this, [[spoiler:after falling in the airport bathroom nearly killed Joy, forcing her into a premature birth]].


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* JerkassRealization: Cannie has one of these when she realizes how abrasive and distant she was towards her mother, Peter, and others, for trying to help her [[spoiler:after she nearly loses Joy]].


* AboveTheInfluence: Lampshaded by Maxi, after Cannie brings Adrian Stadt to her house, to recover after passing out. She notes that she didn't take nude photos of him, while he was out of it, proves she's a good person.

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* AboveTheInfluence: Lampshaded by Maxi, after Cannie brings Adrian Stadt to her house, to recover after passing out. She notes that she Cannie didn't take nude photos of him, while he was out of it, proves she's a good person.



* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Horrifically comes very close to being averted, when Cannie's fall in the airport bathroom nearly kills Joy, who is forced into a premature birth. Thankfully, Joy recovers]].



* OddFriendship: After failing to get an interview with Maxi Ryder, Cannie meets her in the hotel bathroom and strikes up a friendship with her. Of course, only Cannie really thinks of the friendship as odd, at first, due to how she sticks out as a pregnant woman among other, thin, fit celebrities like Maxi.

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* OddFriendship: After failing to get an interview with Maxi Ryder, Cannie meets her in the hotel bathroom and strikes up a friendship with her.the actress. Of course, only Cannie really thinks of the friendship as odd, at first, due to how she sticks out as a pregnant woman among other, thin, fit celebrities like Maxi.

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