High school, man.
It’s Not Awkward(.)
To quote Awkward forum commenter bilgistic, “I feel about Jenna now the way I feel about Tess onSuburgatory. They are both ‘too big for their britches,’ as my elders would say, and I’m just tired of their whiny, entitled, boring shtick. They both started out as interesting(-ish) characters, but the ‘I’m so misunderstood’ and ‘I’m an outsider’ things obviously don’t ring true anymore, so what’s the appeal? Just another smart, pretty high schooler with a hot boyfriend. Color me not intrigued.” Hopefully the second half of the season will have Jenna, Tamara and Ming dumped by their admirers and back to square one, while Sadie rises to the top and makes their lives hell once again. You’re welcome.
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The sad thing is that Jenna and Jake had a great, easy, natural rapport all along, and were truly friends. And Jenna and Matty really weren’t. Matty was terrible to her, and only started to listen to her or show her any respect when she was no longer available. His total cowardice in his relationship with her, and also with his BEST FRIEND Jake, make me highly skeptical that he is a good prospect for anyone.
- possibilitiesin the Awkward forum, crushing the souls of Jenna-Matty shippers worldwide.
[…] and I gave up control. I was cramped, hungry, and hot… in the wrong way. In my attempt to spare Matty’s feelings, I had sacrificed mine. My ménage à trois had become a ménage à faux pas. I was constantly reminded of my lingering attraction to Matty.
Awkward. is really great.
Matty vs. Jake
Two extremely good looking guys vying for the love of one awesome sarcastic nerd? Obviously a rivalry of that nature brings out our inner fangirls in full-force. What’s more is that Awkward doesn’t paint either of them as the obvious choice of a mate for Jenna, so the will they/won’t they is an actual constant struggle — a rarity in teen shows, if not sitcoms in general. And the layers of secrecy and complicated friendships inside the love triangle make it all the more fun to watch.
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I admit if I were 14 I’d be making “Team Jake” avatars or something, because I think he’s a better match for Jenna than Matty. But I think the show made it pretty clear that Matty is her destiny, once they both learn how to talk to each other and be honest about their feelings etc. High school relationships are transient, and it’s just part of life, so I would be fine with Jenna jumping hands-first into a “starter” relationship with Jake, even while her heart was still drawn to Matty. But I didn’t like it as presented in the finale, because Jake’s still in the dark about Jenna’s feelings for Matty. He probably should’ve gotten a hint and a half from that not-so-subtle talk Jenna and Matty had in front of him, but he didn’t, and I don’t think it’s fair for Jenna to be going into this eyes open and Jake to be going in only half aware.
- Lois Sandborne, channeling the Awkward.-loving 14-year-olds in all of us in the Awkward. forum
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