The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.



Most seniors of Palos Hills were excited to graduate and ready to leave high school behind.  Tamara was not one of them.  In “Holding On and Letting Go,” Tamara struggled to let go.  I related well to Tamara in this situation.  Change is hard, especially when someone has to leave something that brought them happiness and plenty of memories.  I appreciated the fact that the writers experimented with different reactions to high school graduation.

Val upstaged Palos Hills graduation.  As soon as the graduation ceremony was over, she used the venue for her wedding.  This storyline was absolutely absurd and unrealistic.  In reality, no vice principal could ever get married at their high school’s graduation ceremony.  It’s storylines like these that spoil “Awkward.”  I started watching “Awkward” because I loved how relatable it was.  Over the years, that has gone out the window.  Val’s wedding was unnesecary and took time away from the characters and events that truly mattered.

“Holding On and Letting Go” ended with a “To be continued…”  Narrating the story, Jenna warned us that it isn’t smooth sailing for Jenna and Matty’s future.  Now we have to wait for “Awkward” to return in the spring to find out exactly what happens…

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