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''"I know what you did last summer"''

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''"I know what you did last summer"''
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** Collie himself calls Helen out on the fact that she's self-centered, pointing out that she knows nothing about him because ever since they met, they've only talked about ''her''. [[spoiler: It's a little undercut by the fact that he's the guy who's been stalking the group, but he's right]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Elsa is spiteful towards her sister, but she makes some valid points that an unbiased person can agree with. This includes the obvious red flags about Helen's relationship with Barry, that she went through life coasting on mostly her looks, and how their parents spoiled Helen rotten. All this accumulates to the assertion that Helen is an extremely selfish person, a point which even their own parents agree with her on.


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* NeverMyFault: Helen has this moment at one point of the story, blaming the boy for walking home at night rather than admit any responsibility for the accident.


* NoEscapeButDown: Helen barricades herself in the bathroom when Collie attacks her, then breaks the window and jumps out when she realizes that he's taking off the hinges.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Despite being beautiful, Helen is hated by many of the other female characters for this reason. Barry's mother views her as a manipulative GoldDigger, her own sister Elsa is jealous of everything her beauty gets her and a gang of school teachers in her apartment complex are jealous that the boys all love Helen.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Despite being Because she's beautiful, Helen is hated by many of the other female characters for this reason. Barry's mother views her as a manipulative GoldDigger, her own sister Elsa is jealous of everything her beauty gets her and a gang of school teachers in her apartment complex are jealous that the boys all love Helen. her.
* TitleDrop: When Julie opens the note she received in the mail, to her horror, it reads:
--> "I know what you did last summer."


* DeathOfAChild: The victim in this novel is a little boy.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. The victim in this novel is a little boy.


* AccidentalMurder: Barry is driving fast, but not enough to be reckless or speeding, and he's been drinking, but not enough to be drunk, when his car hits and kills David Gregg.



* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted. Julie gets accepted to Smith University and she's still very proud, as are her teachers, mother and boyfriend. It's implied that she was something of a slacker before she worked hard to improve her schoolwork, so an Ivy would probably be a bit out of reach for her.

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted.Subverted. Julie gets accepted to Smith University and she's still very proud, as are her teachers, mother and boyfriend. It's implied that she was something of a slacker before she worked hard to improve her schoolwork, so an Ivy would probably be a bit out of reach for her. However, Smith is one of the Seven Sisters colleges (aka, the Ivy League for women) and a prestigious university in its own right.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Ray and Julie visit David Gregg's family, she states, "We didn't just kill a little boy, we wrecked a whole family.", noting that the boy's mother has been institutionalized, leaving his sister to fend for herself as her father is staying close to her.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Ray and Julie visit David Gregg's family, she states, "We didn't just kill a little boy, we wrecked a whole family.", family!", noting that the boy's mother has been institutionalized, leaving his sister to fend for herself as her father is staying close to her.



* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Barry's mother snootily tells Helen this when she calls to find out what time he's picking her up. Afterwards, Helen makes sure to call only when necessary, which is how Barry knows something is seriously wrong when she calls and insists that he come over (Julie has just shown up at her house with the note)

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* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Barry's mother snootily tells Helen this when she calls to find out what time he's picking her up. Afterwards, Helen makes sure to call only when necessary, which is how Barry knows something is seriously wrong when she calls and insists that he come over (Julie has just shown up at her house with the note)note).

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* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Barry's mother snootily tells Helen this when she calls to find out what time he's picking her up. Afterwards, Helen makes sure to call only when necessary, which is how Barry knows something is seriously wrong when she calls and insists that he come over (Julie has just shown up at her house with the note)


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* WhamShot: Helen returns to her apartment after being at the pool. . . and stares in shock at the picture of a little boy riding a bicycle that has been taped to her door.

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** [[spoiler: Ray sees yellow paint on Collie's hands when he runs into him. He later recalls that the Gregg's house was painted the same color and deduces that he's David Gregg's brother]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Ray and Julie visit David Gregg's family, she states, "We didn't just kill a little boy, we wrecked a whole family.", noting that the boy's mother has been institutionalized, leaving his sister to fend for herself as her father is staying close to her.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Julie sending flowers to David Gregg's funeral tips off the culprit, essentially resulting in the events of the book.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Collie taunting Ray about how he intends to steal Julie from him unnerves him. He keeps thinking about it--and recalls that the paint on Collie's hands matched that at the Gregg house, meaning that Collie is the one who's been stalking the group]]


If you're looking for the 1997 slasher movie loosely based on this book, see ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''.

Here is the original 1973 novel from Creator/LoisDuncan. The plot is incredibly different from the slasher film, with the characters' names and the accidental murder being the only similarities.

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If you're looking for the 1997 slasher movie [[InNameOnly loosely based based]] on this book, see ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''.

Here is the original 1973 novel from Creator/LoisDuncan. The plot is incredibly different from the slasher film, with the characters' names and the accidental murder AccidentalMurder being the only similarities.



"I know what you did last summer"

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"I ''"I know what you did last summer"
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Helen is beautiful but also kind and compassionate. Her sister Elsa is overweight and described as repulsive - she's also every bit as ugly on the inside.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Helen is beautiful but also kind and compassionate. Her sister Elsa is overweight and described as repulsive - she's also every bit as ugly on the inside. Julie too is described as beautiful, and she's another of the more moral characters in the film.



* [[BluffingTheMurderer Bluffing the Hit-And-Run Drivers:]] Barry's initial reaction to the note is to assume this. He points out that everyone probably did something last summer that they aren't exactly proud of, and the note writer likely sent this to Julie without knowing about the accident. He tries to invoke this when talking to Collie several days later--the latter has called him and is demanding money in exchange for not showing the police a photo of the accident--but instead ends up confirming his guilt.
* BrainlessBeauty: Helen veers close to this, though she's more naive than actually stupid.

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* [[BluffingTheMurderer Bluffing the Hit-And-Run Drivers:]] Barry's initial reaction to the note is to assume this. He points out that everyone probably did something last summer that they aren't exactly proud of, and the note writer likely sent this to Julie without knowing about the accident. He tries to invoke this when [[spoiler: talking to Collie several days later--the latter has called him and is demanding money in exchange for not showing the police a photo of the accident--but accident]]--but instead ends up confirming his guilt.
* BrainlessBeauty: Helen veers close to this, though she's more naive than actually stupid. Notably averted with Julie who, since the accident, buckled down to improve her schoolwork. When the story starts, she's been accepted to Smith.
* BrokenBird: After David Gregg was killed in the accident, his mother couldn't take it and ended up in an asylum.



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: What Collie thinks he's doled out to Barry when he learns that the shot merely left him paralyzed rather than killing him. "For a guy like Barry, life in a wheelchair might be worse than no life at all"]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After a year of working on the boats, Ray now has a beard and looks more mature as a result.
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[[spoiler: What Collie thinks he's doled out to Barry when he learns that the shot merely left him paralyzed rather than killing him. "For a guy like Barry, life in a wheelchair might be worse than no life at all"]]



* FightUnscene: [[spoiler: Julie passes out just as Collie attacks. When she regains consciousness, Ray has come to her rescue and Collie is being taken away by police]].



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Elsa is the smart sister - as she has to work hard for everything. Helen is the pretty sister - who gets things handed to her because of her beauty.



* {{Jerkass}}: Barry [[spoiler: From the minute the accident happens, his chief thought is getting away from the scene and covering up their role, fretting only about how much trouble he'll get into, as he was the one driving. When Julie gets the note, he dismisses her and Helen's concern--it's pretty obvious he's the only one of the group who doesn't have any remorse over what happened. When he's shot, he not only flat-out lies about why, he lets Helen be blamed for it, all to cover his own ass. Plus, he's been stringing Helen along, not only having no intention of making a serious commitment to her, but is cheating on her left and right--yet flips out upon hearing that a male friend accompanied her to the hospital and is ready to dump her instantly]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted. Julie gets accepted to Smith University and she's still very proud, as are her teachers, mother and boyfriend. It's implied that she was something of a slacker before she worked hard to improve her schoolwork, so an Ivy would probably be a bit out of reach for her.
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Barry [[spoiler: From the minute the accident happens, his chief thought is getting away from the scene and covering up their role, fretting only about how much trouble he'll get into, as he was the one driving. When Julie gets the note, he dismisses her and Helen's concern--it's pretty obvious he's the only one of the group who doesn't have any remorse over what happened. When he's shot, he not only flat-out lies about why, he lets Helen be blamed for it, all to cover his own ass. ass]]. Plus, he's been stringing Helen along, not only having no intention of making a serious commitment to her, but is cheating on her left and right--yet flips out upon hearing that a male friend accompanied her to the hospital and is ready to dump her instantly]]instantly.



* LamePunReaction: Helen has this reaction to one of her own puns, remarking she doesn't normally use them but this one was too easy to ignore.

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* LamePunReaction: Helen has this reaction to one of her own puns, remarking she doesn't normally use them but this one was too easy to ignore. Specifically the joke is referring to Collie as "well trained".
* TheMakeover: Helen gave herself one while in high school. She stopped eating junk food to get her body down to a slimmer figure and used some rinses to really bring out the blonde in her hair.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Inverted. Helen is the middle child in her family, sandwiched between a bitter older sister and siblings who are still children. She is a successful weather girl, while Elsa has to work hard in their family's store.


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* RagsToRiches: Sort of. Helen comes from a large family with very little money. She wins a contest to become the local weather girl, which means she's able to rent a nice apartment in town.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: Bud is a returning soldier from Vietnam and carries the scars of it. Julie's mother is anxious about her dating him for this reason.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Despite being beautiful, Helen is hated by many of the other female characters for this reason. Barry's mother views her as a manipulative GoldDigger, her own sister Elsa is jealous of everything her beauty gets her and a gang of school teachers in her apartment complex are jealous that the boys all love Helen.


* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: Not that Bud/Collie didn't try though, it's only circumstances that keep him from killing anyone. In fact he actually came dangerously close to offing Julie if not for Ray's BigDamnHero moment.]]

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* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: [[spoiler: Not that Bud/Collie didn't try though, it's only circumstances that keep him from killing anyone. In fact he actually came dangerously close to offing Julie if not for Ray's BigDamnHero moment.]]


Here is the original 1973 novel from LoisDuncan. The plot is incredibly different from the slasher film, with the characters' names and the accidental murder being the only similarities.

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Here is the original 1973 novel from LoisDuncan.Creator/LoisDuncan. The plot is incredibly different from the slasher film, with the characters' names and the accidental murder being the only similarities.


* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: Not that Bud/Coolie didn't try though, it's only circumstances that keep him from killing anyone. In fact he actually came dangerously close to offing Julie if not for Ray's BigDamnHero moment.]]

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* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives: Not that Bud/Coolie Bud/Collie didn't try though, it's only circumstances that keep him from killing anyone. In fact he actually came dangerously close to offing Julie if not for Ray's BigDamnHero moment.]]


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* HeelRealization: Literally. After Barry is able to move his foot, he says "I've done a terrible thing" and asks for the phone so that he can make a call. The reader later learns that he called Ray to tell him the truth about the shooting, warn him that he and the girls were in danger, and declare that he is releasing them from the pact.


* [[BluffingTheMurderer Bluffing the Hit-And-Run Drivers:]] Barry's initial reaction to the note is to assume this. He points out that everyone probably did something last summer that they aren't exactly proud of, and the note writer likely sent this to Julie without knowing about the accident.

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* [[BluffingTheMurderer Bluffing the Hit-And-Run Drivers:]] Barry's initial reaction to the note is to assume this. He points out that everyone probably did something last summer that they aren't exactly proud of, and the note writer likely sent this to Julie without knowing about the accident. He tries to invoke this when talking to Collie several days later--the latter has called him and is demanding money in exchange for not showing the police a photo of the accident--but instead ends up confirming his guilt.



* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Collie]] believed that he'd found the people responsible for the accident, but he wasn't absolutely sure until he saw Julie's reaction to the note.

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* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Collie]] believed that he'd found the people responsible for the accident, but he wasn't absolutely sure until he saw Julie's reaction to the note. Similarly, while he strongly suspects that Barry was the one driving, he doesn't know for certain until Barry takes the bait offered--when Collie calls him and claims to have a picture of the accident, Barry blurts out, "You can't take pictures at night", thus confirming his part in the tragedy.

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