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Jenna Hamilton
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Full name: Jenna P. Hamilton
Alias: Hamiltart, Girlfriend, Pussy, J, My Girl, Hoe, J-Town, Hamiltoe, Hamilton, Home Girl, Lil' Bitch, Skitch, Hamiltramp, Slut, Hoebag Slut Machine, Jennadict Arnold
Gender: Female
Age: 17-18 (born December 2, 1995)
Occupation: Student at Palos Hills High School
Blogger
Cheer-assistant for the Titans Cheerleaders
Relatives: Kevin Hamilton (father)
Lacey Hamilton (mother)
Aunt Ally (non-biological aunt)
Unnamed Grandparents
Friends: Tamara Kaplan (best friend forever)
Ming Huang (best friend)
Lissa
Clark Stevenson (close friend)
Olivia
Kristy Patton (former friend)
Angelique Welch (possible former friend)
Matty McKibben
Jake Rosati
Hunter
Bailey Parker
Valerie Marks
Relationships: Luke (ex-boyfriend)
Matty McKibben (ex-boyfriend)
Jake Rosati (ex-boyfriend)
Collin Jennings (never exclusive affair, ended)
Ricky Schwartz (kissed, deceased)
Enemies: Sadie Saxton
Devon
Aunt Ally
Collin Jennings
Amber Horn
Portrayed by: Ashley Rickards
First Appearance: Pilot

Jenna P. Hamilton is the central character and female lead of the MTV series Awkward. She is a 17 year old senior student at Palos Hills High School and blogger who lives in Palos Hills, California, with her parents Lacey and Kevin Hamilton.

Jenna is best friends with Tamara Kaplan and Ming Huang. She shares an antagonistic relationship with Sadie Saxton, which has never evolved. However they briefly worked together to work against new enemy Amber Horn. She had an on-and-off romantic relationship with Matty McKibben, until she cheated on him with Collin Jennings. They started having a friends with benefits, but Jenna started to realize that he's hiding her from others again, and broke it off. She briefly dated Jake Rosati, but broke-up with him to be with Matty. She was recently in a relationship with Luke, who is a smart college student, but they recently broke-up.

Jenna has also been struggling to live a "normal life" ever since a misunderstanding which led people into thinking she had a "failed suicide attempt," and because of this she has been counseling with Valerie Marks, who gives Jenna terrible advice and considers Jenna her "best friend."

After she dated Collin, her personality, wardrobe and attitude began to change, making her reckless, uncaring and more daring, and as a result she was alienated by her friends, but it's later revealed that Collin still had a sexual relationship with his ex-girlfriend. Collin told Jenna that their relationship wasn't exclusive, this made it clear that they are no longer together, but she managed to make everything right between her friends and family.

Jenna is described as smart, compassionate, empathetic, caring and friendly. But she can be vulnerable, a little selfish with what she wants and placed in very awkward situations, however as of now she has started to grow up and take control with her life, making her even more mature since the series started.

Jenna Hamilton is a member of the Hamilton Family and an assistant member of the Titans Cheerleaders.

She is played by American actress and director Ashley Rickards.

Early Life

Jenna P. Hamilton is the daughter of Lacey and Kevin Hamilton, who had Jenna when they were seventeen, and it's mentioned that when Lacey's pregnancy got revealed to Kevin's parents, they had an angry confrontation with her, and too make matters worse, this resulted in her throwing up, but it's unknown if they've made up since then. Jenna was born on December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles at 7:32 P.M. Because her parents had her at a young age, they are childish and embarrassing towards Jenna, as they both try to be her friend rather than a parent.

Sometime during her childhood, Jenna befriended Kristy Patton, whom she mentioned used to eat paste, but this friendship is assumed to be short-lived since they're no longer close in high school. She also befriended Tamara Kaplan and Ming Huang, who are her best friends. It was shown, that she has a playhouse in her garden and used to collect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Prior to the beginning of the series, it is suggested that Jenna and Sadie Saxton have never been on good or friendly terms and have been long-term enemies for a long time. It has also been mentioned that during Aunt Ally's visits, Jenna used to always has to spend time in care during her childhood.

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Jenna at Camp Pookah

Before Pilot, it shows in a flashback that she lost her virginity to Matty McKibben at summer camp in a supply closet, although after they had sex, he told her that they should keep their relationship a secret, which slightly angers Jenna.

Throughout the Awkward series

Pilot

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Jenna reveals that she loses her virginity to Matty McKibben at summer camp in a supply closet. She realizes getting the boy of your dreams isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when he's too embarrassed to be seen with you, as he asks her to keep it a secret and that they should date in secret.

When she arrives back home and the day before school starts, Jenna receives a 'care-frontation letter', however she ignores it and takes goes into her bathroom where she takes some pills, but chokes on it which results in the medication-bottle falling it's contents onto the ground and Jenna slips on the floor, hurting herself and accidentally knocking her hair dryer into the bathtub full of water, which results in a power outage and ends with a misunderstanding in which everyone thinks was an attempted suicide, and she takes counselling with Valerie Marks, the guidance counsellor, who keeps Jenna on suicide watch, and she also starts to realize this mistake might actually be her ticket to social visibility, as she volunteers for Jake Rosati's prep rally as an attempt to get closer to Matty. There task involved in both pairs swapping each others clothes and the fastest wins, which Jenna and her partner wins because mean girl Sadie Saxton couldn't fit into Matty's clothes.

When Jenna finds out about this she tries to apologize to Sadie, who is convinced that Jenna picked the sex exchange game on purpose. After the failed apolgy attempt, Jenna bumps into Matty, who smiles at her but walks away because the cheerleaders were watching and Jake, who overheard the conversation between the the two and tells her that she was brave to do the prep rally. However, after returning home Jenna discovers she has 21 new friend requests on her online profile page and also changes her blog to invisible girl daily.

Knocker Nightmare

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Val discusses with Sadie and Jenna

The episode begins with Jenna visiting the doctors with her mother Lacey and best friend Tamara Kaplan. The doctor gives her a childish-green sling which glows in the dark. Later while having trouble changing her clothes, mean girls Sadie and Lissa Miller decide to get "revenge" on Jenna for her sex exchange task and snap a nude photo of Jenna's breasts in the girls' locker room and send it to the entire school, eliciting some surprising reactions. Matty says something mean about the photo and Jenna gets upset. The school's counselor, Valerie Marks talks with Sadie and Jenna about the picture, but Sadie manages to manipulate her way out of trouble, much to Jenna's protests. Eventually Matty takes all the pictures down at their school and explain that he wasn't insulting her, and was only trying to deflect the attention from her breasts. Jenna realizes that Matty was trying to be her hero after seeing her post and it ends with them kissing. 

The Way We Weren't

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Jake and Jenna

The episode starts with Jenna having sex with Matty in her childhood playhouse and gives she gives him her teenage mutant ninja action figure, which she finds out he used to collect. He says goodbye to her and invites her to Lissa's party, making Jenna thinks Matty is taking their relationship public at an 'in crowd'. She takes Tamara as her plus one and is immediately insulted by an angry Sadie, but she's heartbroken when she saw him making out with another girl in the hot tub. Matty later asks the girl to stay away when she offers to take it upstairs, however Jenna didn't see it. Jenna starts to get to know Jake, after accepting a ride home with him.

The Scarlet Eye

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Jenna wants Matty to DTR

Jenna hears that everyone in the hot tub at Lissa's party gets pink eye including her best friend Tamara. She is also relived to find out that Matty never contracted the infection, making her happy that he never slept with the other girl. When the homecoming bonfire comes Jenna wants to DTR (Define the relationship) with Matty before the bonfire where everyone hooks up. The two hook up behind the dumpster and Matty told Jenna that he thinks she's a good kisser, beautiful, and funny after Jenna asks Matty if they can DTR, although he tells her he likes her, he doesn't think he's ready to be in a relationship, this deeply upsets Jenna, but she offers him a ride home with her parents (who were stoned at the time), which he accepts

Jenna Lives

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Jenna ditches detention with Olivia

Jenna feels upset when she sees a girl Oliva, aka 'Jenna plus', coming out of Matty's truck, leading her to think that when Matty said he wasn't ready, he meant with a dork like Jenna. She lands in detention with Olivia after confronting her stalker, Kyle that sells 'Jenna lives' t-shirts, promoting her failed suicide attempt. Jenna later realizes that Olivia is a really nice girl and Matty reveals that she is actually his ex-Girlfriend-in-law and has been in an on-off relationship with his older brother, James McKibben. Also in this episode, Jake kisses Jenna, after he is convinced after talking to her that he is the mystery person she has a crush on. She also apologizes to Kyle for the attack and he explains to her that "Jenna Lives" is his band and she pays him for one of his t-shirts, but it is discovered that he is actually stalking Jenna after it is shown that he has pictures of her in his locker.

Queen Bee-atches

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The episode begins with Jenna forced by her mother into coming to a knick-knacker intake gathering, where she runs into Matty who is the waiter and discovers that Darlene Saxton is Sadie's mother. Jake tells Matty that he kissed Jenna and might be into her. Tamara and Jenna become convinced that Sadie wrote the care-frontation letter and go up to Sadie's bedroom, where they find Sadie's dietary diary, which they take and Tamara tries to convince Jenna to blackmail Sadie with her secrets. In the end, Jenna insults Sadie with the help of a diary entry, but Sadie gets her back, by convincing her that the next knick-knacker event is a formal one, when it a casual-wear one, embarrassing both Jenna and her mother when they appear at a soup-kitchen dressed nicely. Matty tries to convince him that he should let go. Jake realizes how much he is into Jenna after talking to Matty and decides to talk to her about it. When Jake texts Jenna so that they can talk, Matty pulls out his phone to ask Jenna if they can meet tonight. Jenna decides not to let Matty, as he has all the power in their relationship. Matty is upset and disappointed when she has replied to Jake's message but not his. Jenna also asks Sadie about the letter, which she has no clue about, assuring Jenna that Sadie is not the writer.

Over My Dead Body

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The cast of Dead Stacey

Val casts Jenna in a mock DUI event held at school, without her permission. Jenna manages to manipulate her into thinking that it won't be right because of her "suicide attempt", however Val comes to Jenna's home and talks with her parents about the event, and Jenna's mother, whom was previously cast as Dead Stacey in 1995, gets excited a pressures Jenna into playing the role, which she reluctantly agrees. She is casted, alongside Jake. Jenna is trying to play hard-to-get with matty, which seems to be working. But unknown to her Lissa starts to take notice of her relationship with Jake. Jenna eventually asks Val if she could make a few changes in the play and get Tamara and Ricky Schwartz to join the event and play as Dead Stacey and her boyfriend's (Jake) drunk friends. Val loves the idea and agrees with the changes. Jenna later meets up with Matty and is disappointed when Matty didn't introduce her to his drunk brother when he saw them kissing and asked her to leave. During the play, Tamara makes the play more interesting and "dramatically" kisses Jenna too bring her back too life. This gives them a good response from the other students and when Matty apologizes, Jenna gets angry and tells him that she's tired of being his secret. Jake confesses to Jenna that he has feelings for her and Jenna finally gets the public attention after the successful show.

The Adventures of Aunt Ally and the Lil' Bitch

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Tipsy Jenna

The episode starts with Lacey pampering Jenna and Tamara, revealing that her best friend Ally, who refers Jenna as 'lil bitch', is coming to visit, making Jenna angry because every time Ally visits, Jenna has spent every weekend in care. Jenna decides throws a party to try to impress Matty with her mom and Ally's help. The next day, Jenna struggles to remember the events of the night, which ended with Jenna giving Jake a lecture, hurting Matty's feelings, and kissing Tamara's crush, Ricky. When she arrives at Tamara's house to apologize, Tamara throws out a picture of them and tells her that she's glad she wrote the care-frontation letter.

My Super Bittersweet Sixteen

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Tamara is still ignoring Jenna and she is having the worst birthday ever, after she failed her drivers' test because she distracted by her instructors hook-hand, and also Sadie dissed her and threw her drink in Jenna's face. Matty later gives Jenna a ride home after the football game, which made Sadie furious. In the ride, Matty tells Jenna why he was hurt by her comments and the two become friends again. When Jenna goes into her home, she discovers that her mother remodelled her bedroom, to give it a more "adult look" with a mirror on the ceiling above her bed. By the end of the day, just before Jenna truly turns 16, Matty knocks on her door and tells her that he wants to be more than friends.

No Doubt

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Lissa slaps Jenna

The episode starts with, Lissa slapping Jenna after Jake tells her about the kiss between him and Jenna. Jenna slowly starts to reconnect with Tamara and Jake has to earn Lissa's trust by doing whatever she wants. Matty finally asks Jenna out to dinner. Tamara confesses that she only said she wrote the letter because she was hurt, and she thinks Matty is the one that wrote the letter. This causes Jenna worry when Matty takes her to a restaurant in a secluded area, which turns out to be Matty's family's restaurant. Jenna's concerns are resolved when Matty's uncle told her about how Matty has never taken a girl there before. When they get back to Jenna's home, Tamara and Ming bust their date with games and confessions but are soon won over by Matty's true words. Before leaving Matty and Jenna alone, Tamara whispers that she doesn't think that Matty wrote the letter anymore. In the meantime, Lissa and Sadie team up to make Jake break up his friendship with Jenna but he ends up apologizing to Jenna for the earlier fight, and breaks up with Lissa.

I Am Jenna Hamilton

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In the last episode, Matty asks her what color dress she will be wearing to the formers. Later, still not asking her to the dance, he asks her if she is a limo girl or not. Jenna gets jealous when she sees other boys going great lengths make a 'big ask'. Jake asks Jenna to the dance by giving her a CD, which has "Will you go to the dance with me?" printed on it. She tells him that she already has a date. Jake tells Matty about being turned down by Jenna. He asks Jenna if it's okay for them to skip Formal since he doesn't want to hurt Jake, but he doesn't tell Jenna that. Meanwhile, Sadie manages to steal Jenna's file, with the letter in it. Jenna is surprised to be nominated for Sophomore Princess, but then discovers that the ballot has her letter printed on the back of it. Jenna decides that she deserves more, and goes to Formal with Jake.
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Jenna agrees to go to the Formal with Jake, with Ming and Tamara tagging along. Matty decides that he won't give up on Jenna and goes to her house, only to find that Jenna has already left for the Formal. Jake and Jenna have a good time at the Formal, and Jenna decides that maybe Jake is the one for her and they kiss, but then Matty shows up. Jenna takes Jake's hand and realizes that that's what she wants, and tells Matty that she's very sorry, but she thinks it is too late. When Jake and Jenna get home, and they kiss again. She tells him that he's the first person other than her parents to hold her hand in public. They set off the alarm by accident, and Jenna finds the note pad that has the same paper the carefrontation letter was written on while looking for the alarm code, and realizes that it's her mother who sent the letter.

Resolutions

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Jenna kisses Jake at New Year's countdown

Matty tells Jenna that he wants a second chance in the new year party. Jenna chooses Jake and shares a kiss with him. Later at night, Jake sees the condoms her dad gave her in which she reveals to him that she is not a virgin, leading to Jake becoming jealous. 

Sex, Lies and the Sanctuary

The school year is back and the Sanctuary has a video camera put in tapping all the action that has happened. Jenna and Matty debate if they should tell Jake about their secret relationship.
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Matty confesses to Jenna that he loves her after hearing from Jake that Jenna was in love with the guy that she slept with before. But Jenna says she really likes Jake since he is not embarrassed to be seen with her and never makes her feel bad about herself. Matty is really upset and apologizes to Jenna. Meanwhile, Jenna pressures her mom into telling her dad about writing the letter.

Three's A Crowd

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Jenna and Jake's relationship is going steady but Matty keeps tagging along and trying to tempt and seduce Jenna with his 'unintentional touching' and nuding up every chance he gets. Jenna's parents are separated. Jenna and Matty get into an argument where Matty denies luring her and saying that Jenna is too clingy. Later Jenna apologizes for accusing Matty of seducing her and they make up. However it is revealed that Matty really was trying to sabotage Jenna and Jake's relationship from Sadie and Matty's conversation. 

Are You There God? It's Me, Jenna

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Jenna at Bible Camp

Post her parents separation, Jenna feels responsible. In an impulsive effort to absolve herself, she seeks refuge from her problems in a higher power with Lissa at Church Camp. Little does she know that Sadie has decided to tag along as well, who mentions Jenna's "failed-suicide attempt", which causes a problem between her and her new friends.

My Love Is A Black Heart

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Jenna's date ruined by Matty

Valentine's Day has arrived and dividing the school between swooning lovers and jealous haters. As Jenna prepares to spend her first V-day with a boyfriend, will jealousy rear its ugly head for her, as Matty begins to date Courtney.

What Comes First: Sex Or Love?

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"I think we should have sex"

Jenna upsets Jake by saying 'awesome' back when he said 'I love you'. This leads to Jenna doubting if she loves Jake like how she loved Matty. She considers sleeping with him after taking Tamara's advice, hoping to clarify her feelings for Jake. However she accidentally hits the PA system which ends up telling the whole school.

Another One Bites The Dust

In Aunt Ally's wedding, Sadie reveals to Jake about Jenna and Matty's secret relationship.
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At the same time, Jenna left a message telling him that she's finally ready and she loves him.

Time After Time

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Matty and Jenna Kiss

Jake gets upset and breaks up with Jenna saying that their timing isn't right. He refuses to talk to both Matty and Jenna. Matty and Courtney are making out but Matty stops Courtney, telling her that he can't focus and needs to take care of his friend. Jake listens to the voice mail of Jenna and regrets breaking up with her. Matty then shows up at Jenna's house to comfort her, where they confess their love for each other. They end up kissing while Jake watches behind the backdoor in horror. 

Homewrecker Hamilton

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Jenna tries to fix things with Jake but he is convinced that she is a cheater, with a photo of Jenna and Matty making out last night. Jake and Matty get into a fist fight over Jenna during a pep rally.

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me

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The boys make Jenna choose

Jake and Matty demand answers from Jenna after reading her blog. Jenna gets confused on who she likes more but does not pick on the spot. Jake and Matty become friends again and constantly ask Jenna who she picks. Meanwhile, Jenna's mom gets revealed as the person who wrote the letter and gets criticized by many people. Jenna and the boys are in good speaking terms again.

Once Upon A Blog

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Jenna fictionalizes her Blog in an attempt to change her fate. By the end of the episode she changes her blog to private again, and figures out who she wants to be with.

See: Alternative Blogger-verse

The Other Shoe

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Jenna Chooses Matty

At last Jenna picks Matty, who tells Jake about their relationship. The three become friends again. Jenna decides whether she should go to Europe or stay with Matty during Summer.




Season 3

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3A

Cha-cha-cha-changes and Responsibly Irresponsible

In the first episode it is revealed that Jenna has a Pregnancy Scare in the beginning of Season 3, and does not tell Matty. Matty gets a tattoo saying 'Jenna 4eva' to prove his love for Jenna. During the party for Ricky Schwartz, Jenna tells Jake about the pregnancy scare, who then tells Matty. He becomes upset that she didn't tell him first and he leaves. 

A Little Less Conversation

Jenna feels that Matty has become distant after he found out about the pregnancy scare through Jake. Matty has been avoiding sex or physical contact with Jenna and tells her that they need to talk, which prompts her to get Tamara to arrange a group date 'BFGFBBF'. Matty is jealous of Jenna and Jake's easygoing friendship. Matty asks her about why it is easy to talk to Jake but not him. Jenna brought up how she thinks he is embarrassed of her, but he said he was never embarrassed of her. They make up and kiss.

Let's Talk About Sex

Jenna's dad finds out that Jenna and Matty are sexually active and calls to inform his parents. The McKibben's come over for dinner and the moms have an arguments over their different parenting styles. Matty moves in after dispute with his parents.

Indecent Exposure

Matty is enjoying living with Jenna while Jenna feels invaded and wants Matty to leave. When Matty and Jenna are watching porn together, she accidentally hurt Matty's feelings. At night she finds out that Matty is crying in the bathroom and Lacey has a talk with Matty, encouraging him to talk things out with his mom. Matty and Jenna make up and he goes back home the next day.

That Girl Strikes Again

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Guilt Trippin

During homecoming pinnings, Jenna feels bad for single girls who don't have dates. Jake and Matty later get Tamara to tell them a secret she has been keeping, that Jenna doesn't want to go to the dance because Matty doesn't like dancing. Jake later teaches Matty how to dance. Matty and Jenna then dance together in the parking lot.

Rubbed Raw and Reeling

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Reality Check

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Redefining Jenna

Jenna sees that Colin stills flirts with her. She confronts him about it and he laughs. He invites her to a photography party for the photographer that she likes. Before entering the party her and Matty get into a fight, and he confesses to her that he in fact was embarrassed of her. In which upsets her and she tells him that he doesn't have to go to the party. So she goes alone. She meets Colin there, and he tells her the sexual tension is there. He drives her there, and she apologizes to him about his breakup with his girlfriend. They talk about her and she and Colin kiss. Matty walks out there but she already got out of the car. 

3B

In Surprise!, she and Collin continue there affair, although despite the fact she knows it's wrong she cannot help herself as she is drawn to him. Tamara and Ming find out, and Tamara struggles to keep it a secret. Meanwhile Jenna's mother plans a surprise party for her 17th birthday and Jenna purposely makes her expose this. Later Jenna's mother offered the house to her for the weekend while her and her father went out of town.

By the end of this episode, Collin and Jenna make out and appear in the house (still making out), when everyone yells SURPRISE!! and everyone appears shocked.

In S03E12, Jenna is confused about who she likes and she is also embarrassed and upset. She skips school because of the humiliation and she stays home all day. Everybody (Jake, Tamara, Ming, Lissa, Fred, Clark, and Sadie) wonder if Matty and Jenna are still together by trying to tell each other about the little stories that happened at Jenna's surprise party. At the end of the episode, we found out if Matty and Jenna were still together. It appears that Jenna is the one who breaks up Matty and Matty starts to cry. That's when the episode ends.

The next episode, Jenna seems fine. She changes: -her hair -she accessorizes  -she changes her wardrobe. -she changes her personality

She decides to have a public relationship with Collin, which makes Matty sad. 

Season 4

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4A

No Woman is An Island

Listen To This!

Touched by an Angel

Sophomore Sluts

Overnight

Crowning Moments

After Hours

Prison Breaks

My Personal Statement

Snow Jobs Part 1

Snow Jobs Part 2

4B

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Alternative Blogger-verse

During the events of Once Upon A Blog, Jenna was asked on her blog, if she could redo everything how would she do it. This inspires her to re-write the different events off Season 1 in the style of fan-fiction. She also got asked to re-write the love triangle in the style of a romance novel, which she briefly does for fun.

Twilight-style

Jenna was asked by someone on her blog too re-write the love triangle in the style of a romance novel and she re-wrote it in the style of The Twilight Saga, which she made herself the human teenage girl (Bella), Jake a werewolf (Jacob) and Matty a vampire (Edward). However someone called the story lame, which makes her quit typing the story.

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Mean Gurls

If Jenna decided not to lose her virginity to Matty at summer camp, and didn't read the care-frontation letter. There would be no failed suicide attempt and therefore Matty would not be embarrassed of her. He introduces her to his friends which results in Jenna becoming best friends with Sadie and later becomes a the head cheerleader as well as a spoilt, shallow and self-centered bitch. She is also cruel to her ex-friend Tamara and her mother. In the end Matty breaks up with Jenna and makes out with Ming which makes Jenna enraged and screms.

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Fake Pregnancy Discovered

If Jenna told Jake the truth about everything, she later becomes extremely honest and therefore extremely boring to Jake. He plans to have "the talk" with Jenna, who decides lies about being pregnant to avoid a break up. Later while talking to Tamara about the fake pregnancy, Jake overhears this and breaks up with her. She later discovers that she was really pregnant and later shown that Lissa and Jake get back together while Jenna was a single, heavily pregnant teen mom.

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If Jenna never went to summer camp, she would have went to summer school and got an early graduation and as a result of this:-

  • Sadie has no need to make fun of Jenna's failed suicide attempt.
  • Valerie wouldn't have to keep Jenna on suicide watch.
  • Matty and Jake wouldn't take interest in Jenna.

However Jenna re-wrote the ending of this story and made Jake and Matty a couple instead.

Personality

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Jenna is a typical teenage girl, who is described as the down-to-earth girl-next-door wallflower. She is usually kind, smart and compassionate, but at most of the time she is put in awkward and embarrassing moments, most people (like Sadie) describe her as boring and a slut.

She can also be a little sarcastic and sometimes selfish with Matty whenever another girl shows an interest in him, but this can show that she is easily jealous.

Jenna's new personality change began 3 weeks after her 17th birthday and has started rebelling with her new boyfriend Collin Jennings. She was described as careless, selfish, bitchy, arrogant and as a result she has done many things that she has regreted doing. This included; nearly getting arrested with Collin after smoking weed, fighting with her friends (via text and call) by insulting them, being cruel to Matty and calling his new girlfriend Devon a "rebound skank" and telling Tamara that she cant get her own guys so she settled for Jenna's "slopey seconds" (i.e. Jake).

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Jenna insults Matty

She also stole from her parents and lost her father's trust after nearly getting arrested. She lost her mother's trust after she snuck out the house to be with Collin, told Tamara to "take care" and stands up for herself. (Example: Sadie told her Karma's a bi*ch and Jenna replies "is that why you're broke and homeless"?)

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Jenna stands up for herself

Jenna also had sex with Collin 3 weeks into their relationship just to keep him and gets warned that if she leaves the house she can't come back. She actually leaves and is on the sidewalk wondering if she should stay on the streets. She tells Valerie that she's been a horrible guidance counselor and slams the door in her face, and gets suspended (temporarily) from school, after being caught smoking on school campus by Valerie. She also takes ecstasy (although not intentionally her fault). She tells her mother, Ally, Valerie and Sadie, to f*** off, gets Mr. Hart to print a cruel article on a magazine about Valerie.

Jenna almost got into a threesome with Angelique Welch and Collin Jennings. She Regrets ever becoming "the new Jenna." She turned back into the Old Jenna after realizing her mistakes and making amends with her friends and family.

Similar to the old Jenna, Jenna 2.0 is a new and improved version of the old Jenna. She is more down-to-earth and caring. As of Season 4, she has grown more mature and has even started to take more control of her life. She is shown to be more caring and sympathic towards her friends. Despite this, she is still jealous of whenever a girl shows an interest in Matty. But she manages to put her feelings aside her and accepts it since she is now in a relationship with Luke, even setting Matty up on a date with Eva, which she is currently regretting because Amber Horn is showing off her true colors and turning into a bad influence on Matty.

Characterization

Rickards described her character as "smart, sarcastic, a little bit witty and very intuitive." She also said Jenna "can be the shy, introverted girl, whereas on her blog she's snarky, she's introspective, she's a little bit wiser, she'll write the truth… and then probably not act on it." Rickards called her a "role model" because "every time she gets kicked down, she gets back up fighting" while it is sometimes easier to give up.

Physical Appearance

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The Old Jenna; Season 1-3

Jenna has an attractive oval face. She has long dark brown hair, with bangs which is usually in a braid, hazel eyes and stands about 5'5." She also has pale complexion and rarely wears any visible make-up, instead looking more natural.

Her style was plain and she wore "clothes for comfort." She usually wore plain shirts with some floral-like patterns. She would sometimes wears blue-jeans and skirts. She also had a butterfly necklace, which she doesn't wear anymore. She is also prefers to hide in her hoodies and has an whole wardrobe dedicated to her love for them. Also for special events, she wears really nice and formal dresses.

New Jenna

The New Jenna; Season 3

Because of her new attitude and personality change. Her fashion sense has began to change as well. She no longer wears her hair in a braid, but instead leaves it long and curly. She has also started to wear beanie hats, scarves, skinny jeans, plain shirts and T-shirts, tights, high-heeled boots. She is also shown to dress a little bit more edger, such as mini-skirts and tight t-shirts, too show some cleavage. She is also shown to wear some heavy eye make-up. She has also started to accessorize more and wear things such as bracelets and rings.

As of Season 4, there are some elements to what the old Jenna wore and the new Jenna wore, giving her a more mature look.

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Relationships

Lacey Hamilton

Status: Mother & Daughter

Kevin Hamilton

Status: Father & Daughter

Aunt Ally

Status: Non-Biological Family/Jenna dislikes Ally

Tamara Kaplan

Status: Best Friends Forever

Valerie Marks

Status: Friends/Valerie is Jenna's counselor

Lissa Miller

Status: Friends

Ming Huang

Status: Best Friends

Clark Stevenson

Status: Close Friends

Kyle

Status: Friends/Kyle is Jenna's stalker

Olivia

Status: Friends

Hunter

Status: Friends

Bailey Parker

Status: Close Friends

Angelique Welch

Status: Possible Former Friends

Matty McKibben

Status: Exes/Friends

Jake Rosati

Status: Exes/Friends

Collin Jennings

Status: Exes - Never Exclusive/Affair/Enemies

Luke

Status: Exes/Friends

Sadie Saxton

Status: Frenemies

Devon

Status: Never officially met/Enemies

Amber Horn

Status: Enemies

Appearances

Season One (12/12)

  1. Pilot
  2. Knocker Nightmare
  3. The Way We Weren't
  4. The Scarlet Eye
  5. Jenna Lives
  6. Queen Bee-atches
  7. Over My Dead Body
  8. The Adventures of Aunt Ally and the Lil' Bitch
  9. My Super Bittersweet Sixteen
  10. No Doubt
  11. I Am Jenna Hamilton
  12. Fateful

Season Two (12/12)

  1. Resolutions
  2. Sex, Lies and the Sanctuary
  3. Three's A Crowd
  4. Are You There God? It's Me, Jenna
  5. My Love Is A Black Heart
  6. What Comes First: Sex Or Love?
  7. Another One Bites The Dust
  8. Time After Time
  9. Homewrecker Hamilton
  10. Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me
  11. Once Upon A Blog
  12. The Other Shoe

Season Three (20/20)

  1. Cha-Cha-changes
  2. Responsibly Irresponsible
  3. A Little Less Conversation
  4. Let's Talk About Sex
  5. Indecent Exposure
  6. That Girl Strikes Again
  7. Guilt Trippin
  8. Rubbed Raw and Reeling
  9. Reality Check
  10. Redefining Jenna
  11. Surprise!
  12. And Then What Happened
  13. Taking Sides
  14. The Bad Seed
  15. A Very Special Episode of Awkward
  16. Less Than Hero
  17. The Campaign Fail
  18. Old Jenna
  19. Karmic Relief
  20. Who I Want To Be

Season Four (11/20)

  1. No Woman is An Island
  2. Listen To This!
  3. Touched by an Angel
  4. Sophomore Sluts
  5. Overnight
  6. Crowning Moments
  7. After Hours
  8. Prison Breaks
  9. My Personal Statement
  10. Snow Jobs Part 1
  11. Snow Jobs Part 2
  12. TBA
  13. TBA
  14. TBA
  15. TBA
  16. TBA
  17. TBA
  18. TBA
  19. TBA
  20. TBA

Name

  • Jenna is a female given name. In the Western world it is a variation of Jennifer. Jennifer is of Cornish origin, the Cornish variant of Guinevere and means white.
  • The surname Hamilton had its ultimate origin in a place-name, most probably the village of Hamilton, Leicestershire, England, but bearers of that name became established in the thirteenth century in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire was named after the family some time before 1445. Contemporary Hamiltons are either descended from the original noble family, or descended from people named after the town.

Trivia

  • Trademark: Her Bangs.
  • Former Trademarks: Her Butterfly Necklace (Season 1-3)
  • She is one of the many main characters to appear in every episode (so far).
  • Her first name means "Heaven" which is ironic since Lissa's Pastor think she's going to Hell for her relationship with Jake.
  • She might not be close with her Father's side of the family, a lot like her mother.
  • Her birthday is December 2nd, celebrated in My Super Bittersweet Sixteen and Surprise! and her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
  • She used to wear a butterfly necklace from Season 1-3, and after changing her personality in season 3B she briefly changed her necklace to half a moon shaped necklace.
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  • Jenna, along with Lissa and Tamara's names all end with the letter "A".
  • has her own blog which went public, but later made it private. She also attends Mr. Hart's creative writing class.
  • As of Homewrecker Hamilton, she is able to drive.
  • Her personality and appearance started to change in Season 3, but has began to mature in Season 4.
  • She, Ming and Tamara all changed their hairstyles at some point in Season 3.
  • Jenna is the only female character to have the most love interests:
  • Jenna aspires to be a writer and wants to be help others as revealed in Overnight.
  • She was a cheerleader in her alternative universe, but as of season 4, she is a cheer-assistant because she needed extra-curricular activity to get into college.
  • She has been the focus in two love triangles Jenna-Matty-Jake Relationship and Jenna-Matty-Collin Relationship.
  • She is the only character (so far) to have voiceovers.
  • She is the first of her friends to lose her virginity.
  • Had a pregnancy scare.
  • Her middle name is  something beginning with "P," although it is unknown what it stands for.
  • With her new attitude, she was considered by many fans to be called "The New Jenna."
  • She became a lot less awkward in Season 4 and because of this fans (and herself) refer her as "Jenna 2.0."
  • She lost her virginity to Matty.
  • She almost got arrested from smoking pot with Collin.
  • After her misunderstood failed suicide attempt, Jenna became popular on her online profile page.
    • Also deleted her friends from her profile after her personality changed. It's assumed that after she became her old-self again, she re-added them.
  • Doesn't trust Eva/Amber, alongside long term enemy Sadie.
  • Biggest weakness: Her jealousy.
  • She wants to be in the same college as Tamara.
  • She kissed the most boys in the show.
  • She is the most normal female character of the show.
  • Was the last female lead character to take big risks; her story arc in season 3, other female leads have taken risks prior to this;
    • Tamara - Threatened to kill Ricky after spotting him kissing another girl during assembly.
    • Sadie - Took a picture of Jenna naked and threaten and make fun of others.
    • Ming - Punched Becca in the face and became the leader of the Asian Mafia.
    • Lacey - Sent the care-frontation letter to Jenna.
    • Valerie - Gives unconventual advice to others, which can appear illegal or misunderstood. She also appeared to bully/had a not very nice relationship with her former PA.

Casting

Ashley Rickards first received the script through her representatives and then met the series' creator. "I met with Lauren Iungerich and it all went really well and all worked out. I got to do the project, it got picked up and here we are." Speaking of what appealed to her about the show, she said:

"When I read the script, I literally fell in love with it. It struck as something completely different. It has a really unique voice. Not only is the show funny and charming, but it has the ability to cover so many different emotions in 22 minutes -- from the hilarious, to the psychological, to having a dramatic edge all in a 22 minute comedy is an incredibly difficult thing to do. That was exciting for me."

Reception

Daniel Fienberg of HitFix applauded Rickards' acting, writing that "she effectively embodies the Everygirl vibe required for the part. She's got good timing, decent physical comedy chops and there's no ego to this performance." New York Post's TV critic Linda Stasi compared Rickards to Juno actress Ellen Page, explaining she is "the kind of kid whose pretty face and adorable bearing is swamped by her ability to look awkward and offbeat." Hank Stuever of The Washington Post was also positive towards Rickards' performance noting "she effortlessly manages to elevate the unfresh premise of MTV's new comedy." AfterElton.com placed Rickards on their list of 2011's Break-Out TV Actors, explaining: "Rickards gives Jenna a doe-eyed innocence and covers the full range of teen emotions, from deer-in-the-headlights paranoia to sultry eyelash batting, sometimes in the same scene. While putting the show on their list of the best TV shows of 2011, The Daily Beast called Rickards "a total standout". Her performance on the show earned her in 2012 a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards for Summer TV Star: Female.

Entertainment Weekly wrote Jenna "navigates the sharky waters of high school, friends, mean cheerleaders, and cute boys with a snarky voice-over that makes her—and Awkward.—easy to fall in love with." The Huffington Post deemed Jenna's voice-overs "witty" as "[they] make this high-school dark comedy stand out from a crowd of stereotypical high school prime-time soaps." David Hinckley of the Daily News wrote: "If the dramas are exaggerated, Jenna makes the trauma feel legitimate, and her narration gives everything a knowing undertone of humor and self-awareness that keeps the most uncomfortable moments from being painful." Reviewing the beginning of the second season, HitFix's Daniel Fienberg was critical of the Matty-Jenna-Jake triangle storyline which had been put forward, diminishing what he first liked: Jenna's look at the high school humiliations. He noted his indifference to Jenna's dilemma as "there's no jeopardy to either choice". "Whoever Jenna chooses is going to say almost nothing about her as a character, so it weakens the character that there's nothing else defining her at this moment", he wrote.

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