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Literature / The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes

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A children's series by Anne Mazer.

The series chronicles the life of Abigail "Abby" Hayes, a purple-loving, journal-writing redhead who also suffers from Middle Child Syndrome. These books are notable for being realistic, even when reality isn't pleasant (ie— a good friend evolving from a Nice Girl and a Shrinking Violet to a borderline mean girl.) The first 15 books covered Abby in fifth grade. After a Super Special, the second Super Special was her entering the sixth grade.


Tropes in these books include...

  • Alpha Bitch: Brianna and Victoria, although Brianna is more boastful and self-centered than outright mean. Natalie becomes this. Averted with Cleo, who's more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted with Alex. Hannah's little sister is this in Hannah's eyes, but no one else thinks so.
  • Catchphrase: "Yay, Brianna!" used to be Bethany's.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Laurie, Abby's mother's old friend from college, proves to be this when she visits the Hayes family over summer.
  • Collector of the Strange: Abby collects calendars. So many calendars.
  • Cool Big Sis: Abby has two of them, and Alex has three.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Emma is this is Abby's eyes.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Jessica got hit with this hard in "Some Things Never Change".
  • Girl Posse: Bethany was a one-woman Girl Posse for Brianna.
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  • Granola Girl: Laurie takes this to ridiculous extremes. Best summed up by Abby:
    Laurie is like a hamster. She nibbles on nuts and seeds all day long. She won't eat the food we serve.
  • Injured Limb Episode: "Have Wheels, Will Travel" for Eva, who breaks her arm midway through.
  • It's All About Me: Brianna.
    • The second book has a nasty example from the rest of the Hayes family: a festival is coming up, and everyone wants to go. Abby, who has spent several years taking Alex around the festival, declares that she doesn't want to take Alex and actually wants to do her own thing, like going places without being escorted by older siblings/parents, and not being Alex's automatic babysitter all the time. The response is not pretty: Abby's father tries to emotionally blackmail her by saying that they planned their time based on the assumption that she'd take care of Alex, and the twins are furious that they might actually have to take care of their brother for once. Alex is furious that Abby wants to have a life outside of him. Only Abby's mother finds this to be reasonable.
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  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Good lord, Victoria.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Comes into play in the fourth book when Eva and Isabel have new rollerblades, but Abby is stuck with wearing Eva's old pair because it doesn't fit Alex, who gets new ones as well.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Isabel and Eva.
  • Rich Bitch: Brianna, implied with Victoria.
  • Tomboy: Eva. Jessica, formerly.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Abby accidentally gives herself one, but Brianna offers her some of her hair gel to make it look better until it grows back.
  • The Unfavorite: Abby feels like this sometimes as part of her Middle Child Syndrome.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Mason to Abby.
  • Valley Girl: Maybe not literally, but Victoria certainly talks like one.
  • Verbal Tic: Victoria's love of the word "like."
  • Wham Episode: "Home Is Where The Heart Is". Abby and her family move.


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