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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Isabella: Jerk with a (VERY hidden) Heart of Gold, or just plain Jerk? Or just a strange girl whose friend constantly exaggerates her personality and stuff she did for comedic effect?
    • Angeline: Is she really a Mary Sue Alpha Bitch, or does Jamie just think she is? Later books seem to be on the latter side: Angeline is a really lovely girl, but she can abuse her power when needed and resents being seen as perfect.
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    • Many readers have interpreted Jamie's hatred towards Angeline as actually a repressed crush, because Jamie always describes everything about Angeline as very beautiful and perfect in almost every books in almost every single line, but only describes Hudson, her supposed crush as "the 8th cutest boy in school". Jamie also interacts and has heartwarming moments with Angeline way more often. They think that Jamie actually likes Angeline, but she denies it because she doesn't think she can like someone of her gender, so she tries to dismiss her feelings towards Angeline as hatred.
    • Miss Bruntford's incident upon finally eating some of the school meat loaf herself. Was this a genuine medical emergency that made her realize she needed worse food to be served so the school's meat loaf would look better? Or was she already planning to make the food look better by comparison and faked an emergency to get Mrs. Kelly's food to replace it?
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Frequently.
  • Designated Villain: Angeline, who from Jamie's point of view, is an Alpha Bitch In Sheep's Clothing. Angeline, presumably, is actually a Nice Girl with shades of Manipulative Bitch.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Isabella.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There are quite many readers who ship Jamie/Angeline. It helps that Jamie actually somewhat considers Angeline a friend by the ninth book, and she truly likes Jamie as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Am I the Princess or the Frog?, Jamie attempts to release the shampoo-applied scent of her hair by tossing her hair and shaking her head violently. 5 years later, there's a familiar song about thatnote .
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The drawings of Isabella with green contact lenses in Never Do Anything, Ever Yeeeee.
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    • A lot of the more... grotesque drawings can count as this.
  • Periphery Demographic: The books are aguably more enjoyable for older readers who can understand the parodic element to the stories.
    • The series also has it fair share of male fans.
  • The Scrappy: Most fans consider Hudson a bland, boring character that adds nothing to the story other than being a shared crush. Even his occasional Hidden Depths aren't considered interesting.


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