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* YourCheatingHeart: It's strongly implied Nikki cheated on Jay at one point with some footballer guy she met in the park. Jay [[DisproportionateRetribution beat her for it]]. He's also convinced she has lots of other secret boyfriends, but then again, Jay is [[CrazyJealousGuy more than a little paranoid]]. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Barbara's then fiancé cheated on her with Nikki shortly before their wedding date. She later tells Nikki she blames her ex more than her though, given that Nikki was only ''[[{{Squick}} sixteen]]'' at the time]].

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* HatesTheirParent: Jayni states that she knew she hated her father after seeing her mother's bruises from him beating her worse than ever. Him verbally abusing her and eventually hitting her across the face when she calls him out [[{{Understatement}} doesn't improve her opinion of him]]; however, she later privately admits to herself that part of her still loves him as well as hating him.


* ArchnemesisDad: Jayni's abusive father Jay is the primary antagonist. Although she hates and fears him for hurting her and her mother, Jayni also uncomfortably admits that part of her still loves him and feels sorry for him after they all run away.



* MyGreatestFailure: Near the end of the novel, Nikki reveals she deeply regrets [[spoiler: having an affair with her sister's fiancé Michael a few weeks before the wedding, as it caused a rift between them and ruined Barbara and Michael's relationship. Barbara says that although she was furious with Nikki at the time, she's happy they've made up again now. She also admits that in hindsight she blames Michael more (Nikki was just sixteen while Michael was a grown man, so he should really have known better) and at least she found out she didn't actually love him as much as she thought she did before they got married]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Nikki renames herself Victoria, after Victoria Beckham (''"I always liked Posh best of all the Spice Girls"'').



* TakingTheKids: The basic premise of the novel is Nikki fleeing [[JustifiedTrope her abusive husband]] along with their two children. Although Jay had been abusing her for years, [[LoveMartyr she simply put up with it]] until he hits their daughter; believing he will start beating Jayni as well, she finally decides to leave him to protect them.

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* TakingTheKids: The basic premise of the novel is Nikki fleeing [[JustifiedTrope her abusive husband]] along with their two children. Although Jay had been abusing her for years, [[LoveMartyr she simply put up with it]] until he hits their daughter; believing he will start beating Jayni as well, she finally decides to leave him to protect them. Jayni is completely fine with it because her dad terrifies her, while her brother Kenny takes a bit more persuading because he's younger and doesn't fully understand what's happening. When Nikki later wonders if she overreacted, Jayni reassures her she did the right thing.


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* WackyParentSeriousChild: Nikki and Jayni, respectively. {{Deconstructed|Trope}} and PlayedForDrama all the way, as Nikki's unwillingness to take responsibility and emotional immaturity leaves her ten/eleven year old daughter to pick up the slack, which doesn't make things any easier for either of them.


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* WifeBasherBasher: [[spoiler: When Jay attempts to strike Nikki in front of her, Barbara uses martial arts to defend her and threatens to kill him if ever comes near Nikki and the kids again]].


* CoolTeacher: Ms Balsam, the headmistress of Larkrise Primary, is a very laid-back and understanding teacher, who doesn't always "dot every i and cross every t" and does her best to support her students and their families. She also [[BigDamnHeroes rescues Jayni]] from a gang of boys making her uncomfortable.

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* CoolTeacher: Ms Balsam, [[PuttingThePalInPrincipal the headmistress headmistress]] of Larkrise Primary, is a very laid-back and understanding teacher, who doesn't always "dot every i and cross every t" and does her best to support her students and their families. She also [[BigDamnHeroes rescues Jayni]] from a gang of boys making her uncomfortable.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Jay is arguably the biggest threat in the first two thirds of the book, with Jayni constantly fearing he will find them. Then, after Jay is kicked out for good by Barbara, the final third of the book switches focus to Nikki and the family trying to overcome an equally intimidating foe: breast cancer]].

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Jay is arguably the biggest threat in the first two thirds of the book, with Jayni constantly fearing he will find them. Then, after Jay is kicked out for good by Barbara, the final third of the book switches focus to Nikki and the family trying to overcome an equally intimidating foe: breast cancer]].



* DomesticAbuse: Jay is probably one of the most prominent examples in Wilson's novels. He is blatantly emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife Nikki and terrorises his kids too ([[TheUnfavourite Jayni]] more so than Kenny).

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* DomesticAbuse: Jay is probably one of the most prominent examples of this trope in Wilson's novels. He is blatantly emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife Nikki and terrorises his kids too ([[TheUnfavourite Jayni]] more so than Kenny).



* DudeMagnet: Nikki. Unfortunately, she tends to attract men who are no good for her...it also sets off her [[CrazyJealousGuy abusive husband]] if other men pay her attention.

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* DudeMagnet: Nikki. Unfortunately, she tends to attract men [[FatalAttractor who are no good for her...her]]...it also sets off her [[CrazyJealousGuy abusive husband]] if other men pay her attention.



** Nikki was to her father. While he was a {{Jerkass}} to both Barbara and Nikki, she really got it in the neck because she was very rebellious and acted out a lot. He said she'd end up going to hell and even blamed her for ''her mother getting cancer'', saying she died of shame because her youngest daughter was "living with a vicious criminal". While he's [[JerkassHasAPoint got a point]] about Jay being bad news, this implies that he [[VictimBlaming blamed his daughter for being abused]] and it's further implied one of the reasons Nikki stays with Jay is because [[FreudianExcuse her family is so unsupportive and never showed her affection.]]

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** Nikki was to her father. While he was a {{Jerkass}} to both Barbara and Nikki, she really got it in the neck because she was very rebellious and acted out a lot. He said she'd end up going to hell and even blamed her for ''her mother getting cancer'', saying she died of shame because her youngest daughter was "living with a vicious criminal". While he's [[JerkassHasAPoint got a point]] about Jay being bad news, this implies that he [[VictimBlaming blamed his daughter for being abused]] abused and it's further implied one of the reasons Nikki stays with Jay is because [[FreudianExcuse her family is so unsupportive and never showed her affection.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: Jay losing his temper and hitting his young daughter across the face is the catalyst for the events of the novel.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Jay losing his temper and hitting his young daughter across the face is the catalyst for the events of the novel. Barbara and Nikki's father also used to hit them.


* SiblingYinYang: Nikki and Barbara, who are said to be like "chalk and cheese".

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* SiblingYinYang: Nikki and Barbara, who are said to be like "chalk and cheese". Barbara is tall and rather fat, and apparently only ever had one serious relationship (which ended badly), while Nikki is small, slim and loves getting attention from guys (though it doesn't usually end well for her). About the only things they have in common is that they're both blondes, have pretty faces and love Nikki's children very much.



* TakingTheKids: The basic premise of the novel is Nikki fleeing [[JustifiedTrope her abusive husband]] along with their two children. Although Jay had been abusing her for years, [[LoveMartyr she simply put up with it]] until he hits their daughter; believing he will start beating Jayni as well, she finally decides to leave him to protect them.



* TroubledChild: Both Jayni and Kenny. Jayni suffers from low self-esteem and anxiety, Kenny acts more like a toddler than a six year old sometimes, is prone to emotional outbursts and doesn't much like interacting with other kids. They both grew up with a violent father who beats their mother and is verbally abusive to Jayni, at the least, as well as having to run away and start a new life from scratch.
* TheUnfavorite: Jayni is to her father. He seems to prefer Kenny, never hitting or verbally abusing him. [[spoiler: Later, when Jay is talking about starting over with his family, he mentions his wife and son, but seems to forget about Jayni until Nikki prompts him. Jayni has the feeling he blames ''[[NeverMyFault her]]'' for Nikki running away with the kids, even though she did it because he punched Jayni]].

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* TroubledChild: Both Jayni and Kenny. Jayni suffers from low self-esteem and anxiety, Kenny acts more like a toddler than a six year old year-old sometimes, is prone to emotional outbursts and doesn't much like interacting with other kids. They both grew up with a violent father who beats their mother and is verbally abusive to Jayni, at the least, as well as having to run away and start a new life from scratch.
* TheUnfavorite: TheUnfavorite:
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Jayni is to her father. He seems to prefer Kenny, never hitting or verbally abusing him. [[spoiler: Later, when Jay is talking about starting over with his family, he mentions his wife and son, but seems to forget about Jayni until Nikki prompts him. Jayni has the feeling he blames ''[[NeverMyFault her]]'' for Nikki running away with the kids, even though she did it because he punched Jayni]].
** Nikki was to her father. While he was a {{Jerkass}} to both Barbara and Nikki, she really got it in the neck because she was very rebellious and acted out a lot. He said she'd end up going to hell and even blamed her for ''her mother getting cancer'', saying she died of shame because her youngest daughter was "living with a vicious criminal". While he's [[JerkassHasAPoint got a point]] about Jay being bad news, this implies that he [[VictimBlaming blamed his daughter for being abused]] and it's further implied one of the reasons Nikki stays with Jay is because [[FreudianExcuse her family is so unsupportive and never showed her affection.]]


* DomesticAbuser: Jay is probably one of the most prominent examples in Wilson's novels. He is blatantly emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife Nikki and terrorises his kids too ([[TheUnfavourite Jayni]] more so than Kenny).

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: Jay is probably one of the most prominent examples in Wilson's novels. He is blatantly emotionally and physically abusive towards his wife Nikki and terrorises his kids too ([[TheUnfavourite Jayni]] more so than Kenny).


* AnimalMotif: Jayni associates her father with [[ThreateningShark sharks]].

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* AnimalMotif: {{Animal Motif|s}}: Jayni associates her father with [[ThreateningShark sharks]].



* RunningAwayFromHome / ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Nikki, Jayni and Kenny flee their home at the beginning of the story to escape from Jay's abuse, especially due to Nikki's fear he will start beating Jayni as well. The novel largely chronicles their attempt to start a new life in London, including [[MeaningfulRename changing their names]] to avoid being tracked down by Jay (Nikki Fenton becomes Victoria Luck, Kenny becomes Kendall and Jayni becomes [[ProtagonistTitle Lola Rose]]).

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* RunningAwayFromHome / ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[TheRunaway Running Away From Home]][=/=]ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Nikki, Jayni and Kenny flee their home at the beginning of the story to escape from Jay's abuse, especially due to Nikki's fear he will start beating Jayni as well. The novel largely chronicles their attempt to start a new life in London, including [[MeaningfulRename changing their names]] to avoid being tracked down by Jay (Nikki Fenton becomes Victoria Luck, Kenny becomes Kendall and Jayni becomes [[ProtagonistTitle Lola Rose]]).


* DaddysGirl: Jayni initially pretends to be one to avoid angering her father; she secretly hates him because of his abuse (though she later admits she still loves him too, to an extent).

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* DaddysGirl: Jayni initially pretends to be one to avoid angering her father; she secretly hates him because of his abuse (though she later admits she still loves him too, to an extent). Harpreet is a more straightforward example.

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* AgeInappropriateDress: At one point, Jayni, who is around ten or eleven, dresses up in some of her mother's clothes and make-up, and actually goes out like that, hoping she looks older. This includes high-heels, a tight T-shirt and a bra (stuffed with tissues), as well as "half of Boots' make-up counter" on her face. She does actually succeed in getting a bit of attention from a few boys, though it [[DeconstructedTrope doesn't so end well]] when one boy, Ross, kisses her against her will to show off to his gang. She also gets in trouble with Nikki for wearing her clothes without her permission.

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* ForWantOfANail: The events of the book may have gone quite differently if Nikki hadn't casually decided to buy a scratch card from the newsagents', resulting in her winning ten thousand pounds.


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* KiddieKid: Kenny, in a contrast to [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Jayni]], sometimes acts younger than expected for his age, he's about six, but [[TantrumThrowing throws tantrums]], takes Jayni [[LiteralMinded literally]] when she play-pretends they're in Australia (in the middle of London), hates it when anyone besides his family tries to touch him and still wets the bed. It's strongly implied he acts this way due to [[PlayedForDrama the trauma and stress]] of living in a violent home, then being uprooted and moved to a new city and school with little warning.


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* ProtagonistTitle: The title of the novel refers to Jayni, the main character and narrator, or more specifically [[MeaningfulRename the name she takes]] after running away from her abusive father.


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* TroubledChild: Both Jayni and Kenny. Jayni suffers from low self-esteem and anxiety, Kenny acts more like a toddler than a six year old sometimes, is prone to emotional outbursts and doesn't much like interacting with other kids. They both grew up with a violent father who beats their mother and is verbally abusive to Jayni, at the least, as well as having to run away and start a new life from scratch.


* SuckySchool: Larkrise Primary is a downplayed example. It's severely underfunded, to the point that it might actually be closed down in a year, it's situated on the WrongSideTrackOfTheTracks and has a barbed wire fence (Nikki speculates on whether it's it keep the kids in or other people out). However, headmistress Ms Balsam is a CoolTeacher who does her best to keep the school running and supports her students, and overall it doesn't seem ''too'' bad.

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* SuckySchool: Larkrise Primary is a downplayed example. It's severely underfunded, to the point that it might actually be closed down in a year, it's situated on the WrongSideTrackOfTheTracks WrongSideOfTheTracks and has a barbed wire fence (Nikki speculates on whether it's it keep the kids in or other people out). However, headmistress Ms Balsam is a CoolTeacher who does her best to keep the school running and supports her students, and overall it doesn't seem ''too'' bad.


* WeightWoe: Jayni is very self-conscious about her weight and worries she'll end up very fat like her Auntie Barbara. She does seem to have a tendency to comfort eat when she's upset or stressed (which is a ''TraumaCongaLine lot]]''), but it's unclear if she's actually overweight or just exaggerating it in her mind.

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* WeightWoe: Jayni is very self-conscious about her weight and worries she'll end up very fat like her Auntie Barbara. She does seem to have a tendency to comfort eat when she's upset or stressed (which is a ''TraumaCongaLine ''[[TraumaCongaLine lot]]''), but it's unclear if she's actually overweight or just exaggerating it in her mind.


* DesperatelyCravesAffection: Nikki. It gets to the point where she [[spoiler: actually ''calls Jay'', her abusive estranged husband, to let him know where they are after she has to get a breast lump removed, out of sheer desperation for someone to love her and take care of her]]. Predictably, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it ends in disaster]].



* SuckySchool: Larkrise Primary is a downplayed example. It's severely underfunded, to the point that it might actually be closed down in a year, it's situated on the WrongSideTrackOfTheTracks and has a barbed wire fence (Nikki speculates on whether it's it keep the kids in or other people out). However, headmistress Ms Balsam is a CoolTeacher who does her best to keep the school running and supports her students, and overall it doesn't seem ''too'' bad.



* WeightWoe: Jayni is very self-conscious about her weight and worries she'll end up very fat like her Auntie Barbara. She does seem to have a tendency to comfort eat when she's upset or stressed (which is a ''TraumaCongaLine lot]]''), but it's unclear if she's actually overweight or just exaggerating it in her mind.



* YourCheatingHeart: It's strongly implied Nikki cheated on Jay at one point with some footballer guy she met in the park. Jay [[DisproportionateRetribution beat her for it]]. He's also convinced she has lots of other secret boyfriends, but then again, Jay is [[CrazyJealousGuy more than a little paranoid]]. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Barbara's then fiancé cheated on her with Nikki shortly before their wedding date. She later tells Nikki she blames her ex more than her though, given that Nikki was only ''[[{{Squick}} sixteen]]'' at the time]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: It's strongly implied Nikki cheated on Jay at one point with some footballer guy she met in the park. Jay [[DisproportionateRetribution beat her for it]]. He's also convinced she has lots of other secret boyfriends, but then again, Jay is [[CrazyJealousGuy more than a little paranoid]]. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Barbara's then fiancé cheated on her with Nikki shortly before their wedding date. She later tells Nikki she blames her ex more than her though, given that Nikki was only ''[[{{Squick}} sixteen]]'' at the time]].time]].
* YoureNotMyFather: Jayni says this almost word for word when Jake tries to forbid her from going out.
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* AgeGapRomance: Between Nikki and Jake. Jayni is shocked when she's girst introduced to him, due to him being a twenty year old college student. She at one point comments to her mother that he's "more my age than your's". Nikki's own age is left somewhat ambiguous, though as she had Jayni when she was seventeen, she's likely in her late 20's.

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* AgeGapRomance: Between Nikki and Jake. Jayni is shocked when she's girst first introduced to him, due to him being a twenty year old college student.student and much younger than she expected. She at one point comments to her mother that he's "more my age than your's". Nikki's own age is left somewhat ambiguous, though as she had Jayni when she was seventeen, she's likely in her late 20's.


* AgeGapRomance: Between Nikki and Jake. Jayni is shocked when she's girst introduced to him, due to him being a twenty year old college student. She at one point comments to her mother that he's "more my age than your's". Nikki's own age is left somewhat ambiguous, though as she had Jayni when she was seventeen, she's likely in her late 20's.



* DudeMagnet: Nikki. Unfortunately, she tends to attract men who are no good for her...it also sets off her [[CrazyJealousGuy abusive husband]] if other men pay her attention.



* PottyFailure: Kenny wets the bed a lot; it's strongly implied to be a side-effect of the trauma he's gone through. He also wets himself from terror when he sees [[spoiler: Barbara and Jay fighting]].

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* PottyFailure: Kenny wets the bed a lot; it's strongly implied to be a side-effect of the trauma he's gone through. He also [[BringMyBrownPants wets himself from terror terror]] when he sees [[spoiler: Barbara and Jay fighting]].



* RunningAwayFromHome / ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Nikki, Jayni and Kenny flee their home at the beginning of the story to escape from Jay's abuse, especially due to Nikki's fear he will start beating Jayni as well. The novel largely chronicles their attempt to start a new life in London, including [[MeaningfulRename changing their names]] to avoid being tracked down by Jay (Nikki Fenton becomes Victoria Luck, Kenny becomes Kendall and Jayni becomes [[ProtagonistTitle Lola Rose]]).



* TheUnfavorite: Jayni is to her father. He seems to prefer Kenny, never hitting or verbally abusing him. [[spoiler: Later, when Jay is talking about starting over with his family, he mentions his wife and son, but seems to forget about Jayni until Nikki prompts him. Jayni has the feeling he blames ''[[NeverMyFault her]]'' for Nikki running away with the kids, even though she did it because he punched Jayni]].

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* TheUnfavorite: Jayni is to her father. He seems to prefer Kenny, never hitting or verbally abusing him. TakeCareOfTheKids: Nikki asks [[spoiler: Later, when Jay is talking about starting over with his family, he mentions his wife and son, but seems her sister Barbara]] to forget about Jayni until Nikki prompts him. Jayni has the feeling he blames ''[[NeverMyFault her]]'' for Nikki running away with the kids, even though look after her children in case [[spoiler: she did it because he punched Jayni]].dies of cancer]].



* TheUnfavorite: Jayni is to her father. He seems to prefer Kenny, never hitting or verbally abusing him. [[spoiler: Later, when Jay is talking about starting over with his family, he mentions his wife and son, but seems to forget about Jayni until Nikki prompts him. Jayni has the feeling he blames ''[[NeverMyFault her]]'' for Nikki running away with the kids, even though she did it because he punched Jayni]].



* WouldHitAGirl: Jay. He beats his wife (even when she was [[ImperiledInPregnancy pregnant with Kenny]]) and attacks [[spoiler: Barbara]] with a broken mug..

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* WouldHitAGirl: Jay. He beats his wife (even when she was [[ImperiledInPregnancy pregnant with Kenny]]) and attacks [[spoiler: Barbara]] with a broken mug..mug.

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