The MTV series Awkward presents a group of new actors with Ashley Rickards taking the lead role as the awkward teen, Jenna Hamilton. The show captures, like most shows that focus on high school years, the embarrassing and difficult struggles teens face during high school. Of course, this includes different cliques such as the jocks, the mean girls, the nerds, etc. So what is it that pulls people in that the other high school shows don’t have? I think its simply the awkward character that Jenna is. She is so relatable to every clique that you can’t help but want to be her friend.
Jenna starts off having a hidden relationship with a popular student all the girls want- Matty Mckibben, which then causes her to be mocked and made fun of by mean cheer leader- Sadie Saxton. Throughout the show, Jenna undergoes multiple uncomfortable and embarrassing issues. Trying to resolve her issues, Jenna goes to her clueless parents, unhelpful student advisor, and dear friend Tamara. What helps her the most? Writing about these situations in her blog and simply let her thoughts go. The show really helps teens connect with issues and learn how to handle things that may be uncomfortable or just simply awkward to deal with.
The take away message is simply to go with the flow with whatever life throws at you, or as Ashley Rickards (actress who plays Jenna) would say, the “theme of the show is, you can’t change what happens to you, but you can change the way you feel about it.”
If you haven’t seen Awkward before, take a chance and watch an episode or two!
-YOU’RE WELCOME. (Sadie Saxton’s voice)
Check out this blog to see another point of view on MTV’s Awkward:
-Alexandra Peralta: Oct 4th/2016