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  • Accidental Innuendo: Alfie's narration about his future home life (ironic, given his molestation from Uncle Pete): "I play with both my kids. We share a lot, spend time together, and touch in good ways."
  • Bile Fascination: Why else would anyone read this? To see just how homophobic the message is.
  • Critical Research Failure: No, being gay is not curable, nor will you become gay from being molested.
  • Designated Hero: The counselor is treated as the good guy for giving Alfie inaccurate advice by telling him that he became gay from a lack of a father figure and that it can be cured.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Uncle Pete crossed this when he molested Alfie.
  • Narm: Uncle Pete's face looks absolutely hilarious when he's touching Alfie. Blame the Off-Model drawings for that.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: This book is best remembered for being extremely homophobic and inaccurate about homosexuality.
  • Squick: It's about a boy being molested; this is to be expected.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There is a positive, uplifting message in this book, but it was mishandled and broken into a million pieces.
  • Unfortunate Implications: One of the things that gets resolved in the end is the kid learning that he's not gay. Whew!
    • "Remember kids. You're not gay! You were just lacking a father figure and so you look for comfort in men!"
    • Also, arguing with your wife in front of your kids will make them feel unloved and consequently make your brother (or brother in-law) molest them.
    • So being gay is the result of being molested as a child? (What if he'd been molested by a woman?)
    • Child molestation isn't a crime that you need to go to jail for; just apologize!
    • Dysfunctional families can easily solve all of their problems in just a few short therapy sessions.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Uncle Pete gives Alfie a tearful apology at the end. To most people, though, this is considered too little, too late, as this was for molesting him.
  • Values Dissonance: It's seen as practically homophobic to modern audiences.
  • What Do You Mean It's for Kids?: Alfie is molested by his uncle and is called a "faggot" by his classmates? Kid-friendly entertainment for all!
  • The Woobie: As hated as this book is, one can't help but feel sorry for Alfie. His dad's away at work all the time, he gets molested by his uncle, and is ostracized by the students in school.
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