- Catharsis Factor: The final fight between Bobby Marks and Willie Rumson can come off as this, particularly given all the crap Rumson has put Bobby through.
- Fair for Its Day: Some of the language used in the book is fairly derogatory and would not fly for a young adult book today.
- Hollywood Homely: Played with. In addition to being overweight, Bobby thinks he's not really much of a looker. In the Movie Of The Book, his actor Blake Cooper isn't really bad looking. Then again, Bobby has low self esteem and his friend Joanie thought he was cute even before the end of the book.
- Iron Woobie: Bobby proves himself one of these about three-fourths of the way in the book.
- Moment of Awesome: Two notable ones occur. The first is when Bobby manages to fight his way back from his Heroic BSoD to try to find a way off Make-Out Island after Rumson humiliates him. The second is using his swimming ability to thoroughly trounce the much bigger Willy Rumson after the latter was planning to shoot him.
- Moral Event Horizon: YMMV if he actually did earlier, but Willie Rumson definitely tried to in the climax when he showed up vocally planning to cripple Bobby with a gun, or kill him if he didn't cooperate.
- Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: The movie probably lands somewhere between a 3 and a 2, with a heavier leaning towards 3.
- So Okay, It's Average: The general review of the movie amongst critics. While the acting, particularly of the lead Blake Cooper, is seen as very good, the story itself is referred to as by-the-numbers and uninspired within the genre.
- Squick: The old Modesty Towel Bobby finds can be this when you question why it would be in the shack on Make-Out Island. Along with a pair of discarded pantyhose.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The super power the normally body-shy Bobby imagines having? Invisibility.
YMMV / One Fat Summer