In the process of compiling my exhaustively comprehensive list of product placements in this particular movie [*ahem* http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...duct-placement-shout-out-list-right-here.html ], I took notice of a particular book visible on Carly's shelves, entitled Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs, which chronicles the author's difficulties as a recovering alcoholic. I also thought it was good that in a role that had only been slightly rewritten for a different actress and character -- and which still had vestiges of the original role sprinkled throughout -- at least Carly had a pretty unique quality in terms of the death of her brother being her motivation to give Sam a hard time about trying to save the world and in the process endangering himself. I figured out pretty quickly that the book might have been a holdover from that apartment having been initially set-designed and dressed as MIKAELA'S apartment and therefore assumed the presence of the book there might have been connected with her reprobate father, who likely would have encountered counseling in prison to deal with his hypothetical alcoholism and, consequently, thereby explaining his study-at-home daughter eventually researching the subject (in the process of learning to cope and help her father). But I just couldn't figure out how the scene with Carly throwing a fit and storming off to the party would have originally been written for Mikaela, since she knew the threat Decepticons posed to the world and even had the balls to join in the fight herself on numerous occasions. Likewise, it would seem pretty excessively random to just suddenly kill off Mikaela's brother in the same sentence we first hear about him in the course of three movies. Then I wondered if maybe Mikaela's FATHER was supposed to have died between films, perhaps in conjunction with a drunken motorcycle accident or some such? If you think about it, it would EVEN help explain how and why Mikaela would have been able to take a job in Washington D.C. even though she was still practically her father's caretaker the last we'd heard, IN ADDITION to justifying the whole whining-to-Sam-about-endangering-himself thing. And it doesn't really add up for it to be SAM'S book, since his mom is the only one in his family who flips out when she gets tipsy and no one's bugging HER about it when she has a Bud Light in the presence of those who'd be her immediate support group. Not to mention how smoothly the family dealt with her pot-brownie episode, lol. Or another option here is that someone who worked on this movie might simply also be working on a film adaptation of Dry: A Memoir and just thought it would be cute to put the book in this movie, since it's an autobiographical sequel to Running with Scissors (which is itself a novel-adapted-to-film, of course)...but that's just so pedestrian a hypothesis, lol. Anyway. It just clicked for me and made a LOT of sense all of a sudden so I thought I'd throw it out there.