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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Paul Slater is a pretty complex character. Opinion varies between fans: was he truly a callous, uncaring Jerkass rich teen who eventually learned to accept that things do not always go exactly how he wants them, that he is not better than anyone else because of his gifts, and becomes a better person because of it? Or was he really just a Jerkass Woobie, neglected by his parents, isolated and in need of a true and honest friend who just likes him for being him the whole time?
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    • Are Suze's parents really as oblivious as they seem? And why don't they seem to care that she spends more time than usual with the principal?
    • In real life Father Dom likely would have been Mistaken for Pedophile a long time ago. I'm surpised her parents have never questioned the fact that the principal calls her at home and meets with her during school hours. When he comes over to their house, she throws herself at him and starts sobbing into his shirt. And her parents never say boo.
      • Suze explains at least some of it as his calling her about things related to her position as vice president of her class.
  • Society Marches On / Values Dissonance: The books were published in the very early 00's, and sometimes it's painfully obvious that this is long before the "Me, Too" movement.
    • The five-or-so year age gap between Suze and Jesse isn't a big deal by the time Remembrance rolls around, but Suze starts the series at age 15, which makes for some eyebrow-raising Age-Gap Algebra.
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    • In "Darkest Hour," Paul opens the door to Suze and hits on her, despite him being a guest at the hotel she's working at and her being there to watch his little brother. Suze admits it's borderline sexual harassment and inappropriate, but it's "okay" because he's her age and good-looking. Two pages later, she makes a comment about her body, saying that it's "complimented on by the occasional construction worker." Suze is 16 at this point in the series.
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