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* {{Well Excuse Me Princess}}: Jade is a spoiled brat and often insults Blue, but while drunk tells her that Blue is the only Blueblood she actually really likes.

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* {{Well Excuse Me Princess}}: Jade is a spoiled brat and often insults Blue, but while drunk tells her that Blue is the only Blueblood she actually really likes.likes.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: The Bluebloods all turn on Blue after [[spoiler: Hannah Schneider's death]].


* QuoteToQuoteCombat: Blue and Gareth argue via literary quotes over whether she should tell the police her suspicions about the Nightwatchmen. She ends by quoting Gareth back at him.

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* QuoteToQuoteCombat: Blue and Gareth argue via literary quotes over whether she should tell the police her suspicions about [[spoiler: the Nightwatchmen.Nightwatchmen]]. She ends by quoting Gareth back at him.

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* QuoteToQuoteCombat: Blue and Gareth argue via literary quotes over whether she should tell the police her suspicions about the Nightwatchmen. She ends by quoting Gareth back at him.


* InsufferableGenius: Blue's father is obnoxiously proud of his own academic achievements, seems to enjoy rubbing his intelligence in other people's faces, and has a tendency to look down on people who are less intelligent or less well educated than him.



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A variation: [[spoiler:A few of the reasons of the reasons Blue thinks her dad and Hannah slept together at some point include things like Hannah's use of the simile "like butterflies" in a suspicious context, her fondness for the film ''L'Aventura'', and other things which she describes as "her father's fingerprints".]]

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: A variation: [[spoiler:A few of the reasons of the reasons Blue thinks her dad and Hannah slept together at some point include things like Hannah's use of the simile "like butterflies" in a suspicious context, her fondness for the film ''L'Aventura'', ''L'Avventura'', and other things which she describes as "her father's fingerprints".]]]]
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: In one scene towards the end of the novel, [[spoiler:Blue]] throws a veritable barrage of books at [[spoiler:her father]] during an argument.

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The debut novel of Marisha Pessl.


* {{Embarrassing Tattoo}}: Milton has one.

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* {{Embarrassing Tattoo}}: Milton has one.one that he keeps covered at all times. Blue finds the mystery fascinating, but [[spoiler:it turns out to be much more prosaic than she'd expected]].



* MocksteryTale: The book is about a young woman describing the events that led up to her finding her teacher dead in an apparent suicide. Throughout the story, several hints that the death was in fact murder and that a conspiracy may be involved are dropped, and the narrator forms a theory, but she can't prove anything and the novel turns out to be more of a psychological drama and a coming-of-age story. It is really indicative that the book has references to the movie ''Film/LAvventura'', which is a classic of this trope.
** WordOfGod says that there is a definite solution but the author won't say which one it is.
* NoEnding: Played with; see RiddleForTheAges. Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] as the ending of the film ''L'Aventura''.

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* MocksteryTale: The book is about a young woman describing the events that led up to her finding her teacher dead in an apparent suicide. Throughout the story, several hints that the death was in fact murder and that a conspiracy may be involved are dropped, and the narrator forms a theory, but she can't prove anything anything, and the novel turns out to be more of a psychological drama and a coming-of-age story. It is really indicative that the book has references to the movie ''Film/LAvventura'', which is a classic of this trope.
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trope. WordOfGod says that there is a definite solution but the author won't say which one it is.
* NoEnding: Played with; see The novel ends with a RiddleForTheAges. Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] as the ending of the film ''L'Aventura''.



* {{Riddle For The Ages}}: Whether Blue solved the mystery or not, as well as the answers to many other unanswered questions, is left up to the reader. Literally--the end of the book is [[spoiler:a multiple choice exam, which presents the reader with a number of different conclusions to various mysteries]].

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* {{Riddle For The Ages}}: Whether Blue solved the mystery or not, as well as the answers to many other unanswered questions, is left up to the reader. Literally--the Literally, the end of the book is [[spoiler:a multiple choice exam, which presents the reader with a number of different conclusions to various mysteries]].

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* {{Mockspiracy}}: [[spoiler:The Nightwatchmen may or may not be this.]]


* {{Homage}}: Is both an homage and a deconstruction of Donna Tartt's ''Literature/TheSecretHistory''. Tartt's work is all about an elitist circle of students centering around a charismatic teacher. In Pessl's work, it begins the same way, but their elitism is nothing more than pretense; after the teacher's death, Blue breaks up with the rest of the Bluebloods, and it becomes more about the protagonist's investigation and relations with her father.

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* {{Homage}}: Is both an homage and a deconstruction of Donna Tartt's ''Literature/TheSecretHistory''. Tartt's work is all about an elitist circle of students centering around a charismatic teacher. In Pessl's work, it work begins the same way, but their the Bluebloods' elitism is nothing more than pretense; after the teacher's death, Blue breaks up with the rest of the Bluebloods, and it becomes more about the protagonist's investigation and relations with her father.

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* CoolTeacher: Hannah is this, overlapping with EccentricMentor.


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* {{Homage}}: Is both an homage and a deconstruction of Donna Tartt's ''Literature/TheSecretHistory''. Tartt's work is all about an elitist circle of students centering around a charismatic teacher. In Pessl's work, it begins the same way, but their elitism is nothing more than pretense; after the teacher's death, Blue breaks up with the rest of the Bluebloods, and it becomes more about the protagonist's investigation and relations with her father.

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* MocksteryTale: The book is about a young woman describing the events that led up to her finding her teacher dead in an apparent suicide. Throughout the story, several hints that the death was in fact murder and that a conspiracy may be involved are dropped, and the narrator forms a theory, but she can't prove anything and the novel turns out to be more of a psychological drama and a coming-of-age story. It is really indicative that the book has references to the movie ''Film/LAvventura'', which is a classic of this trope.
** WordOfGod says that there is a definite solution but the author won't say which one it is.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes[=/=]BarefootLoon: Hannah is eccentric, and one of her pecularities is a penchant for going barefoot.
* EccentricMentor: Hannah Schneider is an eccentric teacher who has a profound impact on the Bluebloods' lives.


->''Sometimes it takes more courage not to let yourself see. Sometimes knowledge is damaging - not enlightenment but ''enleadenment''.''

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->''Sometimes ->''"Sometimes it takes more courage not to let yourself see. Sometimes knowledge is damaging - not enlightenment but ''enleadenment''.''
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* {{Well Excuse Me Princess}}: Jade is a spoiled brat and often insults Blue, but while drunk tells her that Blue is the only Blueblood she actually really likes.

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* {{Well Excuse Me Princess}}: Jade is a spoiled brat and often insults Blue, but while drunk tells her that Blue is the only Blueblood she actually really likes.

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