These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
As is Emily. Is she bitchy, an alcoholic, and a nasty teacher? Yes. Is she also isolated, lonely, and just desiring love and friendship? Hell yes.
Whitney. Her stepmother locks her in the closet for a day and a half. Why? Because Whitney made plans with a friend without asking first. Fortunately, Daria comes to rescue her—all the while Whitney is still insisting it was her fault!
Add Gail to the list. Her farm was completely destroyed in the tornado, and her father has vanished without a trace, probably dead.