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HIGH SCHOOL JUST GOT AWKWARD. EVERYONE DREAMS OF A PERFECT HIGH SCHOOL MEMORY. THE PERFECT LOVER, THE PERFECT GRADES, THE PERFECT FRIENDS. HOWEVER FOR ONE GIRL, IT’S AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT STORY, AND COCO MACEREN TAKES US DEEPER INTO THIS.

Being suicidal because of hate mail isn’t awkward but people thinking that you are suicidal (when you really aren’t), is. Falling for the school heartthrob isn’t awkward but having sex and having your relationship kept secret is. Having one guy fall for you isn’t awkward at all, but having his best friend fall for you at the same time is. These are the reasons why a lot is caught up with the awkward craze. How can a girl whose only plan in high school was to be herself and stay that way, suddenly skyrocket to fame? Not to mention, fame that was brought about by a series of unfortunate events. Thought about by the creative minds of Remote and MTV Productions, Awkward has got a fan base of people wanting and craving for more action. With all the drama and awkwardness high school shares, it’s no wonder why this show became an instant hit. Creator Lauren Iungerich, an academy award-winning producer, states that creating Awkward was just really a combination of her personal life, her imagination and what’s really going on with the youth today. With the medicated generation of youngsters, she wanted to produce a show that was going to portray what it is to actually be a teenager, may it be with the troubles of beauty, weight, relationships, friends and family. Ashley Rickards, you may remember her from some episodes of One Tree Hill, Entourage and CSI:NY, comes to play the star of the show, Jenna Hamilton, the awkward teen that everybody seems to love and hate. She’s not the typical geeky lanky girl that had to undergo a make-over to get noticed, but rather she had to undergo a bathroom incident with a hair dryer, some pills and hate mail to get the attention. She obviously isn’t living the teen dream. Witty and smart, Ashley plays Jenna flawlessly with just the right amount of feistiness

and the confusion only a teen may possess. Her first love interest, Matty McKibben played by Beau Mirchoff, is the high school heartthrob that every girl wanted to date and every boy wants to become. Matty is portrayed to be somewhat dumb but sweet teenage boy. Though he may want to hide Jenna from the prying stares of their fellow peers, he still commits to seeing her regularly and obviously, Jenna loved that. Beau stuns the audience with his good looks and charm that can sweep any girl off their feet, but is it really him that captures Jenna’s heart or is it the second love interest, Jake? Jake Rosatti, played by Brett Davern, is Matty’s best friend. He eventually falls for Jenna alongside Matty. You know that boy you can just run to when you’ve got problems? That’s what Jake is. He’s the sweet boy-next-door type of guy with a very clueless aura. Brett’s physical sweetness and his puppy like appearance seemed to capture not only Jenna’s eyes but the eyes of the audience as well. As teams start forming on whether or not it’d be Jake or Matty for Jenna, a teenage drama cannot go without a crazy queen bee keeping the social hierarchy. Molly Tarlov plays Sadie Saxton, the sadistic head cheerleader whose sole purpose is to maintain the status quo of high school. She’s the sadistic queen bee and head cheerleader of Jenna’s high school. Oh did I mention? She’s a plump girl… awkward? This show will give you an escape from the reality you live in and a remedy to your (maybe) uneventful life. If you’re into reminiscing your high school life and wanting to be in the know with the medicated youth, the witty dialogue of the show and the sappy romance will surely get you hooked. Not to mention amazing music tends to play in the background once in a while.

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Stache August 2012 // Issue 11  

Triple cover with The Strangeness, RomCom and Low Leaf. Long live OPM!

Stache August 2012 // Issue 11  

Triple cover with The Strangeness, RomCom and Low Leaf. Long live OPM!