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Then her father, Andrew, gets arrested for kidnapping her as a 4 year old in Arizona and everything changes. Her fiancé Eric becomes his lawyer for free and Delia and Sophie follow him to Arizona. She finds out her mother, Elise, was an alcoholic and her mother's lover supposedly sexually abused her as a child. She also finds out her original name was Bethany Matthews and her father was named Charles Matthews. Eric is struggling not to fall OffTheWagon, and Delia's other childhood friend, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Fitz]], is struggling not to reveal his true feelings for her. Meanwhile, Andrew is waiting in jail. Eventually, Andrew is found not guilty, Eric falls off the wagon and Delia ends up with Fitz.

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Then her father, Andrew, gets arrested for kidnapping her as a 4 year old in Arizona and everything changes. Her fiancé Eric becomes his lawyer for free and Delia and Sophie follow him to Arizona. She finds out her mother, Elise, was an alcoholic and her mother's lover supposedly sexually abused her as a child. She also finds out her original name was Bethany Matthews and her father was named Charles Matthews. Eric is struggling not to fall OffTheWagon, and Delia's other childhood friend, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Fitz]], is struggling not to reveal his true feelings for her. Meanwhile, Andrew is waiting in jail. Eventually, Andrew is found not guilty, Eric falls off the wagon and Delia ends up with Fitz.


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* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst: Concise]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: Ruthann

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* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst: Concise]]
[[spoiler:Concise]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: RuthannDrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Ruthann]]



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* RapeAsDrama: Delia finds out [[spoiler:her mother's lover may have raped her, thus provoking her father to kidnap her.]]



* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Eric, and later [[spoiler: Fitz]].

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* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: There is a rare [[InvertedTrope inverted]] version AND a regular version involving the [[TwoGuysAndAGirl main characters]] Delia, Eric, and later [[spoiler: Fitz]].Fitz. Eric dates, has a child with, and gets engaged to Delia, while Fitz steps back because he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy just wants Delia to be happy]]. Then, [[spoiler:during Delia's father's court case for kidnapping, Eric, a former alcoholic, [[OffTheWagon falls off the wagon]]. Delia, feeling betrayed by both her father and Eric, runs to Fitz and eventually kisses him, and that leads to a lot more. Delia eventually chooses Fitz over Eric. Eric, then, is the inverted version because he started out the VictoriousChildhoodFriend but is now the UnluckyChildhoodFriend, whereas Fitz is the opposite.]]



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A 2005 novel by JodiPicoult.

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A 2005 novel by JodiPicoult.Creator/JodiPicoult.


* TheAlcoholic- Eric, Eric's mom and Elise.
* AlcoholicParent - See above. Eric may not count because he is sober for [[spoiler: most of the book.]]
* BlackBestFriend - Andrew's friend Concise in jail. He [[spoiler: dies at the end, though.]]
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst- Concise]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]- Ruthann

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* TheAlcoholic- TheAlcoholic: Eric, Eric's mom and Elise.
* AlcoholicParent - AlcoholicParent: See above. Eric may not count because he is sober for [[spoiler: most of the book.]]
* BlackBestFriend - BlackBestFriend: Andrew's friend Concise in jail. He [[spoiler: dies at the end, though.]]
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst- BlackDudeDiesFirst: Concise]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]- DrivenToSuicide]]: Ruthann



* GirlNextDoor- Delia to both Eric and Fitz
* HighSchoolSweethearts- Delia and Eric.
* LoveTriangle- between Delia, Eric and Fitz
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis- At the end of the book, Fitz reveals towards the end that he has been writing - surprise! - a book about this entire event. However, there's the fact that the book was written in first-person, revolving between the four main characters, so this means that he was obsessing over the thoughts of the girl he's been in love with since he was a kid.
* MissingMom- Elise, but not of her own volition.
* MagicalNativeAmerican- Ruthann, though not supernatural.

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* GirlNextDoor- GirlNextDoor: Delia to both Eric and Fitz
* HighSchoolSweethearts- HighSchoolSweethearts: Delia and Eric.
* LoveTriangle- LoveTriangle: between Delia, Eric and Fitz
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis- IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: At the end of the book, Fitz reveals towards the end that he has been writing - surprise! - a book about this entire event. However, there's the fact that the book was written in first-person, revolving between the four main characters, so this means that he was obsessing over the thoughts of the girl he's been in love with since he was a kid.
* MissingMom- MissingMom: Elise, but not of her own volition.
* MagicalNativeAmerican- MagicalNativeAmerican: Ruthann, though not supernatural.



* TraumaInducedAmnesia - Delia forgets her [[spoiler: molestation by her mother's lover Victor until her father mentions it in court.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl- Delia, Eric and Fitz
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend - Eric, and later [[spoiler: Fitz]].

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* TraumaInducedAmnesia - TraumaInducedAmnesia: Delia forgets her [[spoiler: molestation by her mother's lover Victor until her father mentions it in court.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl- TwoGuysAndAGirl: Delia, Eric and Fitz
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend - VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Eric, and later [[spoiler: Fitz]].


Then her father, Andrew, gets arrested for kidnapping her as a 4 year old in Arizona and everything changes. Her fiancé Eric becomes his lawyer for free and Delia and Sophie follow him to Arizona. She finds out her mother, Elise, [[spoiler: was an alcoholic and her mother's lover supposedly sexually abused her as a child.]] She also finds out her original name was Bethany Matthews and her father was named Charles Matthews. Eric is struggling not to [[spoiler: fall OffTheWagon]], and Delia's other childhood friend, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Fitz]], is struggling not to reveal his true feelings for her. Meanwhile, Andrew is waiting in jail. Eventually, [[spoiler: Andrew is found not guilty, Eric falls off the wagon and Delia ends up with Fitz.]]

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Then her father, Andrew, gets arrested for kidnapping her as a 4 year old in Arizona and everything changes. Her fiancé Eric becomes his lawyer for free and Delia and Sophie follow him to Arizona. She finds out her mother, Elise, [[spoiler: was an alcoholic and her mother's lover supposedly sexually abused her as a child.]] child. She also finds out her original name was Bethany Matthews and her father was named Charles Matthews. Eric is struggling not to [[spoiler: fall OffTheWagon]], OffTheWagon, and Delia's other childhood friend, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Fitz]], is struggling not to reveal his true feelings for her. Meanwhile, Andrew is waiting in jail. Eventually, [[spoiler: Andrew is found not guilty, Eric falls off the wagon and Delia ends up with Fitz.]]


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* TheEighties: Eric discusses the "Repressed Memory" and Satanism hysteria, saying that Delia's memory of her stepfather molesting her would have been great 20 years ago, but now repressed memories are not believed.


A 2005 novel by Jodi Picoult.

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A 2005 novel by Jodi Picoult.JodiPicoult.

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* MagicalNegro: Concise

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