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** On a meta level, and reportedly unitentionally, the two protagonists share their names with [[Film/Titanic an iconic Hollywood duo.]]

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** On a meta level, and reportedly unitentionally, the two protagonists share their names with [[Film/Titanic [[Film/Titanic1997 an iconic Hollywood duo.]]


* PlatonicLifePartners: Kate and Leo, while they grow very close, are more likely to become this than a couple.



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Zachary Olsen doesn't get much characterization outside of existing as Kate's handsome, popular, and therefore unattainable crush. He doesn't even get any lines of dialogue!

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Zachary Olsen doesn't get much characterization outside of existing as Kate's handsome, popular, and therefore unattainable crush. He popular crush who doesn't seem aware that she even exists, nor does he get any lines of dialogue!dialogue. She seems to be over him by the end of the story.



** Essie makes an obvious one to ''Franchise/Cinderella'' when she, Felix and Leo surprise Kate with the party of a lifetime. Kate even gets to wear [[Film/Cinderella2015 a beautiful blue gown and silver shoes]].

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** Essie makes an obvious one to ''Franchise/Cinderella'' ''Literature/Cinderella'' when she, Felix and Leo surprise Kate with the party of a lifetime. Kate even gets to wear [[Film/Cinderella2015 a beautiful blue gown and silver shoes]].
** On a meta level, and reportedly unitentionally, the two protagonists share their names with [[Film/Titanic an iconic Hollywood duo.]]


** Essie makes an obvious one to Franchise/Cinderella when she, Felix and Leo surprise Kate with the party of a lifetime. Kate even gets to wear [[WesternAnimation/Cinderella a beautiful blue gown and silver shoes]].

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** Essie makes an obvious one to Franchise/Cinderella ''Franchise/Cinderella'' when she, Felix and Leo surprise Kate with the party of a lifetime. Kate even gets to wear [[WesternAnimation/Cinderella [[Film/Cinderella2015 a beautiful blue gown and silver shoes]].


** Leo and Alicia go out on a movie date on Halloween, to see what Leo simply describes as a weird horror film from the 70s, which could very well have been ''Film/Suspiria1977''.

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** Essie makes an obvious one to Franchise/Cinderella when she, Felix and Leo surprise Kate with the party of a lifetime. Kate even gets to wear [[WesternAnimation/Cinderella a beautiful blue gown and Alicia go out on a movie date on Halloween, to see what Leo simply describes as a weird horror film from the 70s, which could very well have been ''Film/Suspiria1977''.silver shoes]].


* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. Longing to meet your DisappearedDad is understandable enough, but this is some guy who [[ParentalAbandonment couldn't even be bothered to stick around until his children were born.]] Of bloody course he was bound to be a Jerkass!

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* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. Longing to meet your DisappearedDad is understandable enough, but this is some guy who [[ParentalAbandonment couldn't even be bothered to stick around until his children were born.]] Of bloody course he was bound to be a Jerkass!Father of the year, folks.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Invoked word-for-word by Kerry after Leo finally comes home after having been missing for two days.


* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandonningYou: What Leo firmly believes for most of the book, but ultimately and heart-breakingly subverted.

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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandonningYou: DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: What Leo firmly believes for most of the book, but ultimately and heart-breakingly subverted.


* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandonningYou: What Leo firmly believes for most of the book, but ultimately and heart-breakingly subverted.



* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. Longing to meet your DisappearedDad is understandable enough, but this is some guy who [[ParentalAbandonment couldn't even be bothered to stick around until his children were born.]]

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* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. Longing to meet your DisappearedDad is understandable enough, but this is some guy who [[ParentalAbandonment couldn't even be bothered to stick around until his children were born.]] Of bloody course he was bound to be a Jerkass!


* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Junior High, but the narration goes to great lengths to hammer into the reader just how painfully ordinary Kate is, demonstrated by an informed lack of talent in a lot of things, like maths, singing, sewing... but considering the narrator for the most part is Kate, might also just be her own poor self image.

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* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Junior High, but the narration goes to great lengths to hammer into the reader just how painfully ordinary Kate is, demonstrated by an informed lack of talent in a lot of things, like maths, singing, sewing... but which considering that the narrator for the most part is Kate, might also just be her own poor self image.



* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. One has to wonder how he could be so certain that he would gain the instant recognition, love and support of some asshole who walked out on his pregnant girlfriend without a word and let her raise their two children alone with zero financial support.

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* RealityEnsues: Looking at you, Leo. One has Longing to wonder how he could be so certain that he would gain the instant recognition, love and support of meet your DisappearedDad is understandable enough, but this is some asshole guy who walked out on [[ParentalAbandonment couldn't even be bothered to stick around until his pregnant girlfriend without a word and let her raise their two children alone with zero financial support. were born.]]



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Zachary Olsen doesn't get much characterization outside of existing as Kate's handsome, popular, and therefore unattainable crush.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Zachary Olsen doesn't get much characterization outside of existing as Kate's handsome, popular, and therefore unattainable crush. He doesn't even get any lines of dialogue!


Kate Piper, deadname David, is a fourteen year old Transgender girl who cannot bring herself to come out to her family. Her two only friends know and support her through and through, but she is seen as an outcast at school. Kate believes she will never truly be happy in her own skin, but the arrival of a mysterious new student soon changes everything. Leo Denton, transferred to Eden Park from the local 'sink school' of Cloverdale for mysterious 'special reasons', just wants to be left alone. But the day he rescues Kate from a public hazing marks the start of a tentative friendship. And Leo may or may not have a secret of his own...

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Kate Piper, deadname David, is a fourteen year old Transgender girl who cannot bring herself to come out to her family. Her two only friends know and support her through and through, but she is seen as an outcast at school. Kate believes she will never truly be happy in her own skin, but the arrival of a mysterious new student soon changes everything. Leo Denton, transferred to Eden Park from the local 'sink school' of Cloverdale for mysterious unknown 'special reasons', just wants to be left alone. But the day he rescues Kate from a public hazing marks the start of a tentative friendship. And Leo may or may not have a secret of his own...



* HeroesLoveDogs: Applies to Leo, who momentarily drops the tough guy act when he meets Kate's dog Phil.



* NoNameGiven: Kate's father's name is never said, though her mother's name is Jo. Similarly Leo's father Jimmy/Jonathan's name is brought up frequently, but his mother's name (Samantha) only finally shows up in the second half of the book.



** [[spoiler: So did Jonathan Denton a few months before Leo and Amber were due.]]



* TownGirls:
** Femme: Kate and Alicia.
** Butch: Essie and Amber.
** Neither: Livvy.


** For all their disagreements, Leo's mother is unquestionnably accepting of Leo[[spoiler: being transgender]].

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** For all their disagreements, Leo's the things that Leo and his mother is unquestionnably accepting disagree on, [[spoiler: his gender identity]] isn't one of Leo[[spoiler: being transgender]].them.


* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Kerry reveals that Leo's mother personally went to have it out with Alex Bonner after Leo's attack in the woods. He wasn't home, but his mother was. It is implied that Alex's mother Annette badmouthed Leo, which led to her getting beaten up in Alex's place.]]

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Kerry reveals that Leo's mother personally went to have it out with Alex Bonner after Leo's attack in the woods. He wasn't home, but his mother was. It is implied that Alex's mother Annette badmouthed Leo, [[RevengeByProxy which led to her getting beaten up in Alex's place.]]]]]]


* WhamLine: [[spoiler: ''"I was born a girl."''

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: ''"I was born a girl."'' "'']]


* CassandraTruth: Leo's mother claims his father abandoned her when she was still pregnant, which Leo scoffs at. [[spoiler: Later turns out that she was telling the truth all along.]]

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* CassandraTruth: Leo's mother claims his father abandoned her when she was still pregnant, which Leo scoffs at. [[spoiler: Later turns out that she was telling the truth all along.]]



* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Leo's mother is revealed to have personally gone after Alex Bonner after he attacked her son. He wasn't home, but his mother was. It is implied that she badmouthed Leo, which led to her getting beaten up in Alex's place.]]

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Kerry reveals that Leo's mother is revealed to have personally gone after went to have it out with Alex Bonner after he attacked her son.Leo's attack in the woods. He wasn't home, but his mother was. It is implied that she Alex's mother Annette badmouthed Leo, which led to her getting beaten up in Alex's place.]]



* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Junior High, but the narration goes to great lengths to hammer into the reader just how painfully ordinary Kate is, demonstrated by an informed lack of talent in a lot of things, like maths, singing, sewing... but it might also just be Kate talking herself down.

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* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Junior High, but the narration goes to great lengths to hammer into the reader just how painfully ordinary Kate is, demonstrated by an informed lack of talent in a lot of things, like maths, singing, sewing... but it considering the narrator for the most part is Kate, might also just be Kate talking herself down.her own poor self image.



** Also Jenny, Leo's therapist, to a lesser extent.



* ThatCameOutWrong: Seeking to praise Kate on her bravery, poor Simon Allen tells her that she's 'got proper balls'. Thankfully he realizes that wasn't the right thing to say, and corrects himself.

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* ThatCameOutWrong: Seeking to praise Kate on her bravery, poor Simon Allen tells her that she's 'got proper balls'. Thankfully he He realizes the very next second that that wasn't the right thing to say, and immediately corrects himself.himself. Kate is actually touched.


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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: ''"I was born a girl."''

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