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Literature / Leaving Poppy

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Leaving Poppy is a 2006 young adult horror-thriller novel by Kate Cann.

Divided into three parts and mostly told in flashbacks, the novel details the life of a girl named Amber, her mother, and her little sister the titular Poppy.

Tropes for Leaving Poppy:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: There's definitely something wrong with the titular Poppy but whatever it is isn't quite said, however, we do know is that she's emotionally unstable.
  • Because You Can Cope: Poppy and Amber's mother claims that Poppy is "fragile" and guilt trips the latter into bowing to her younger sister's demands. Case in point is when Amber is due to go on holiday, Poppy throws a fit, and their mother pleads with Amber to cancel, claiming that she'll have plenty of other opportunities to go on holiday while Poppy will not — and that while cancelling her holiday will be tough on Amber, Poppy (and their mother) will be even worse off if she doesn't, so Amber should be the one to make the sacrifice.
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  • Domestic Abuse: Poppy is an emotional version of this. She controls the lives of her family with her tantrums and aggression, throwing fits and guilt tripping when she doesn't have her way.
  • Doting Parent: Poppy and Amber's mother is this a bit too much to the former, often enabling the former to act the way that she does.
  • Dysfunctional Family: It's best to describe Amber's family situation as this
  • Ill Girl: Amber becomes this later in Part 1, which adds a bit of drama, as she dreads the idea of having her family because of it.
  • It's All About Me: Poppy acts like this by default. She throws tantrums if she doesn't get her way.
  • Jerkass: Poppy's character can be summed up as this, as she throws tantrums and acts passive aggressively to get her way. Oh, and there's the incident of her hurting another girl for no reason.
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  • Vague Age: Its not said how old the characters are but Amber is old enough to move out on her own.