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    Jamie Alexandra Kelly
The lead character/narrator/fictitious writer of the series.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Frequently has odd ideas and misinterprets several plot-important situations.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Takes great pride in her dancing skills.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When facing her parents or teachers, this is common.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Jamie's thought processes sometimes follow this pattern. Example: She sees Angeline with two younger girls who don't look like her. Obviously, they must be siblings, but they don't look like Angeline, which means Angeline's father did plastic surgery on her, which means Angeline is rich. Tadah! Isabella too, like when she rationalizes Jamie's will to kick her in the face as a result of a radioactive baby-bite that's turning her mind into a boy's and that's why she also understands the way they think.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Hudson Rivers.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Isabella's tomboy,
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jamie and Isabella are very much aware of this, while Angeline is less aware of Jamie's vitriol.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Very, very heavily implied.
    Now, by the power vested in me, I do promise that everything in this diary is true, or at least as true as I think it needs to be.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: She's not the nicest person, but serves as the viewpoint.

    Isabella Vinchella
Jamie's Jerk with a Heart of Gold best friend.
  • Berserk Button: Don't make fun of her glasses. Or her name. Or the shape of her head. Do not make fun of Isabella's name. Actually, don't make fun of Isabella in general.
  • Big Brother Bully: Isabella's two older brothers, although she has gotten more than her fair share of revenge.
  • Con Man:
    • In book 4, she uses the money she and Jamie made to buy contact lenses, claiming to donate them to the Juvenile Optometry Federation.
    • In book 10, she has two cons- one is for a "beauty lemonade" product using Jamie as the "before" and Angeline as the "after", and she also she sells an old, expired peach with Jamie's hair on it to a young kid, claiming it to be a shrunken head. It falls apart, however, when the kid shows it to his dad, a cop.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In spades.
  • I Have Brothers: Parodied (and taken Up to Eleven): "She has brothers"—specifically "mean older brothers"—is basically Jamie's reasoning behind why Isabella is so Ax-Crazy.
  • Jerkass: Generally unkind to pretty much everyone, not excepting her closest friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she is aggressive much of the time, she does genuinely care about her friendship with Jamie. In School. Hasn't This Gone On Long Enough?, she plans to help Jamie study for her upcoming math test so that she wouldn't have to go to summer school. She accomplishes this by helping Angeline study alongside Jamie (and giving Angeline a pair of her old glasses to make her appear nerdy ), so that when Angeline was able to prove her intelligence, Jamie would be motivated to study, if only to one-up Angeline.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She pulls this at least once a book, with behind-the-scenes plans that are only revealed toward the end.
  • Nerd Glasses/Opaque Nerd Glasses: To show her intelligence, and also to weaponize their opacity.
    • Blind Without 'Em: When she colors over her new contact lenses, she stumbles around blindly and almost ruins their gym project.
    • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Downplayed, but she's definitely the most heartless character in the cast.
    • Scary Shiny Glasses: Isabella knows how to tilt her glasses to achieve EYELESSNESS.
    • Smart People Wear Glasses: Zig Zagged—Isabella's a Manipulative Bastard… sometimes. Other times she can be quite stupid. As the series goes on, she fills this role more, and her mistakes are moral, not intellectual.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Isabella has no trace of empathy and a very utilitarian concept of friendship. In fact, it's safer not to be her friend because—well, it's safest not to be anywhere near her. She is still unquestionably a True Companion.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Jamie's girly girl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jamie and Isabella are very much aware of this, while Angeline is less aware of Jamie's vitriol.

Known by the students at Mackerel Middle School as the prettiest girl at the school and serves as the immediate popular girl. Because of this, Jamie viewed her as an enemy during the earlier book up until Jamie's aunt Carol became engaged to Angeline's uncle, Vice Principal Devon.
  • Alpha Bitch: In earlier books, as they were written from Jamie's point of view. As Jamie becomes friends with Angeline, this trait notably disappears.
  • Bad Liar: Jamie likens Angeline's attempts at lying to someone wearing stolen underpants from you and knows that you know it.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Jamie notes with frustration that even when grimy from working on a car, Angeline is still attractive.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally a very sweet and friendly girl, she actually gives Mike Pinsetti a nickname ("Pin-heady") after he tries to pick on Jamie. There's also her manipulative streak.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Angeline is portrayed this way before it's revealed that she has Hidden Depths.
  • Characterization Marches On: As the books progress, in addition to the interactions between her and Jamie, her personality changes from being portrayed as "pure perfection" to more of a realistic human who comes to resent said reputation.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She's the only main character with blonde hair as an outstanding trait, and she's popular for this and her personality.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: At the end of book 1. See Kubrick Stare and Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour below.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A genuinely kind person, with gorgeous blonde hair.
  • Kubrick Stare: Is drawn with one at the end of book one. See Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour below.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Gets Mr. Dover, the gym teacher, to hand the toy baby, it makes sense in context, to Hudson during during a gym lesson, resulting in her and her group to complete their objective in less than twenty seconds.
  • Meganekko: To Jamie's chagrin, as she has no right to wear something as dorky as glasses since she's already beautiful.
  • Off-Model: Is occasionally drawn with lipstick in the duration of book 1. This is dropped later on, as her beauty turns to being portrayed as natural and effortless to go with her Nice Girl personality.
  • Parody Sue: Angeline, though the sixth book shows that she could also be considered a Deconstructed Sue. The first couple of books may be one of the more complete subversions of the Canon Sue trope in literature. Jamie starts out obsessing about how Angeline is so obviously a Mary Sue (not by trope name) and how every little thing that happens is clearly all about Angeline. In fact, Angeline's only real relevance in the early plots is actually caused by this obsession. She only has the narrative spotlight because the protagonist is constantly throwing it at her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Angeline thinks of Jamie and Isabella as friends and either isn't aware of their scorn for her or just ignores it. It takes Jamie eight books to realize this, and even then, she's not totally accepting of the fact.
  • Status Quo Is God: At the ends of books 1, 3, and 4, Angeline, even after she and Jamie start some pieces of character development, still seems to emphasize that she's trying to get to Hudson just as much as Jamie and will try to do anything to keep Jamie from getting in the way.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Implied at the end of book 1, where she tells Jamie that her permanent record has things where, had she been caught as the one that threw the meatloaf at Miss Bruntford, she would've been expelled.

    Hudson Rivers 
  • Character Development: Starts out as a one-dimensional love interest, before being revealed to have grown up in an uptight manners household, which irritates him.
  • Punny Name: Hudson Rivers.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Hudson Rivers exists so Jamie and Angeline have a guy to fight over. Deconstructionedhe's scarcely aware of Jamie and Angeline's affections, because he has his own Satellite Love Interest: Isabella.

A transfer student from Wodehouse Middle School after it was temporarily shut down. At Mackerel, she's even more popular than Angeline.
  • The Ace: Colette is prettier than Angeline, more vicious and destructive than Isabella, and more spontaneously artistic than Jamie. She eventually turns out to be a legendary outcast who rendered her school uninhabitable in a desperate gamble to go somewhere nobody had heard of her and make friends.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Jamie thinks her French name is a big deal, and it's always written in elegant cursive in her diary entries.

The winner of Jamie's "best friend auditions", supposed to keep Angeline away from Isabella. Emmily is... dumb.
  • The Ditz: Poor, sweet, clueless Emmily.
    You remember Emmily—she was very sweet and we all loved her, but she was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Emmily wasn't even the sharpest spoon in the drawer. Most of the time, Emmily wasn't even in the drawer at all. She was lost somewhere in the bottom of the dishwasher.
  • Dumb Is Good: She's described as "the selfless kind of person people are before they know any better".
  • Ditzy Genius: In School. Hasn't This Gone On Long Enough?, she tells Jamie through emails that her math grades are so high, her teacher told her she doesn't have to bother with schoolwork as nothing she does from that point onward will bring her grade down to a fail. Apparently, she got a mark even higher than an A.
    • Subverted when Isabella reveals that those emails were fabricated by Isabella to motivate Jamie into studying for her math test out of shame that Emmily was smarter than her in math.
  • Put on a Bus: She moves away from Jamie's town after the Year 1 series, but is still in contact with the cast.

A classmate whose most notable trait (to Jamie, at least) is chewing pencils.
  • Beautiful All Along: Subverted; while she gets a makeover and her popularity boosts, it's actually because of a perfume concoction sneaked into her backpack by another student.
  • Oral Fixation: Margaret a conspicuous Character Tic of chewing on pencils. A lot.
    Jamie: I don't want to say she's still eating a lot of pencils, but when she farts, I swear you can almost see a little puff of sawdust.

    Mike Pinsetti 
A boy in school who's known for being one of the "least cute".
  • Hidden Depths: While he's set up as a repellent character, he has a poetic soul and seems desperate to escape his current image.
  • The Nicknamer: This is eventually revealed to show Hidden Depths: he's one of the most poetically inclined boys in that grade.

    TUKWNIF (Tucker) 
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": TUKWNIF, Jamie's acronym for "That Ugly Kid Whose Name I Forget", turns out to be actually named Tucker.
  • Straw Loser: Jamie thinks of him as such for a while.
  • Terrible Artist: While he's a good piano player, his drawing skills are horrendous.

  • Funny Foreigner: Zigzagged in book 9. She's very Scandinavian, but Jamie admits she lacks the cultural context to know if she's normal or weird by Scandinavian standards.



    Miss Bruntford 
The cafeteria monitor, who insists on students eating their meat loaf on Thursdays.

    Miss Anderson 
The art teacher, who is pretty enough to not be an art teacher. Has conflict with Aunt Carol over their shared crush, Assistant Principal Devon.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Later in the series, she's depicted this way, with a jar of aspirin on her cabinet and improvised lesson plans like "read the names of crayon colors for an entire class period".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She tries to make a scene by showing up at Aunt Carol and Assistant Principal Devon's engagement party, but Isabella, Angeline, and Miss Bruntford mess with her car to delay her. She seems to be over Assistant Principal Devon by the time she arrives with the handsome tow truck driver.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jamie notes that pretty much everything she does is done in an artfully lovely pose, but later notes that she doesn't play it up without a male audience.

Family members

    Jamie's mom 
  • Lethal Chef: The lemon squares that Jamie's mom made for a bake sale, according to Jamie, made kids lose their hearing for three days (and one person mentioned everything "still tastes lemony"). When Miss Bruntford asks Jamie's mom to make meatloaf for the school, Jamie's dad even calls their insurance to check their coverage, just in case.
  • Supreme Chef: When making hors d'oeuvres, however, Mrs. Kelly is an excellent cook.

    Jamie's dad 
  • Men Can't Keep House: Jamie's father comes up with "creative" ways to avoid dirtying any dishes when his wife is away and does not know how to use a washing machine (or even what the machine to clean clothes is called), and jokes that if he hadn't met Jamie's mother he would be living in a very dirty cardboard box.

    Aunt Carol 
  • Cool Aunt/Cool Big Sis: Carol is Jamie's cool aunt, but—seeing as Jamie is an only child, and Carol is younger than Jamie's mom and doesn't have any kids of her own yet—fills the Cool Big Sis roll too.

    The Dogs 
Jamie's dog—Stinker—and Angeline's dog—Stickybuns—who have a litter of puppies; Prince Fuzzybutt (Angline's), Dingledongle (Aunt Carol and Uncle Dan's), the Bubblegum Duchess "Bubs" (Isabella's), and Stinkette (Jamie's).

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