Love Hurts: she takes being rejected by Seth hard, considering that she’d been crushing on him for months before the incident, and only finally begins getting over him and moving on emotionally after about a month of moping.
Meet Cute: Chris and Julia first met near a dumpster.
Selective Obliviousness: Julia is in constant denial of the feelings she’s always had toward Chris, even throughout the period she was crushing on Seth Oliver, although she finally comes to terms with them * the day she and Chris are coincidentally trapped together in the school’s library, which allows some Unresolved Sexual Tension to surface.
Shared Family Quirks: both she and her mother pinch their noses when they smell trouble coming up and share a love of languages and literature.
Lydia: Don’t you get it, Jules? We’re seventeen years old, and prom is only about two months away. If I’m unable to finally find a date that genuinely cares enough to take me, I might as well just crawl back under the rock I came from and classify myself a hermit. I’m sick of being so goddamn… frumpy…and unlovable. Can’t you understand that?
Julia: …Well, that’s just about the stupidest thing I’ve heard yet. You’re seriously beating yourself up over some stupid onetime event that involves dressing yourself in some itchy, overpriced gown to go with a horny idiot and stand around in some clammy ballroom eating stale potato chips while swaying halfheartedly to bad music from a random garage band nobody’s even heard of? Please.
Love Hungry: she desperately wants to be in love and claims at one point that she wants to experience the same feelings Julia and Chris do whenever they’re together, yet is continually either flat-out rejected by boys or left victim to unrequited love.
Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness she has a somewhat more advanced vocabulary than many of her same-aged peers, which occasionally surfaces and tends to confuse the people around her. This trait character trait however is most evident when it comes to her writing.
Does Not Like Men: she seems this way at the very beginning of the series, although most of it is rooted from a very traumatic experience she underwent in her childhood.
Don't You Dare Pity Me! : Claudia struggles considerably with the suicide of her close friend and presumable crush Jordy, and is rather reluctant to accept people’s comfort when she becomes stoic and withdrawn.
Eating Lunch Alone: she usually takes advantage of sitting alone at the school’s steps working on her artwork during her lunch period.
Friend to All Children: she loves babysitting her younger cousins and seems to have a special fondness and talent with children in general.
True Art Is Angsty: In-universe. Her mother states that even as a young child, Claudia would’ve rather “drawn a witch under the moonlight than a princess.”
Uptight Loves Wild: Gabriel is a spontaneous free-spirit and dancer with a wry sense of humor who just doesn’t give a damn what people think of him, while Claudia is a brooding, cynical artist who knows little about life outside her traumatic past.
Passionate Sports Girl: Practices a wide variety of sports throughout the year besides soccer, including skiing, surfing, snowboarding, and cross country running.
Plucky Girl: she faced her sister’s cancer diagnosis, the death of her mother at a young age, her best friend’s dealing with anorexia, the suicide of another close friend, her father’s suffering a heart attack, and almost getting involved in a car accident with bravery and a smile.
Living Emotional Crutch: she claims at one point that her friendship with Elly is the only thing that keeps her sane.
Mother Nature, Father Science: gender reversed, in that while her mother is a rational, no-nonsense physician who leads a steady job working long-shifts at a nearby hospital, her biological father is a flighty and easygoing, if overly-emotional wildlife biologist who’s engaged in constant travel.
Ms Imagination: quite the storyteller when she wants to be, and it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind her tendency to exaggerate scenarios.