Thoughts about Kent

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Post by HorrorFan87 » 21 Feb 2016, 14:11

I thought his character was great. Although it seemed a little dim-witted that he crushed on Sam for so long, I saw a very mature guy who was just trying to see the absolute good in her. All throughout the story we see Sam as mean and abrasive and narcissistic but I really believe that Kent either did see or was trying to see if she would change or if there was a really good heart underneath. He is such a smart character that I honestly wouldn't think twice about that being his motive for sticking by her for so long.
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Post by V_bansal2912 » 24 Feb 2016, 09:01

I liked Kent....he had a mysterious thing to him...also he was the only guy in the book who was a little decent....

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Post by hsimone » 29 Feb 2016, 07:46

Kent is my favorite character!

I feel he is realistic in his pining for Sam, considering they were close once. I honestly feel he is mature for his age, which makes me believe he was mature for his age when he was younger hanging out with Sam. It didn't seem like he had a good group of friends, was thought of as the quirky guy you don't really hang out with, and he probably hasn't felt a connection like that in a long time.

Awesome choice for any high school girl :).
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Post by katiesquilts » 29 Feb 2016, 09:19

I feel like I may be one of the few people who isn't totally in love with Kent...

I get that he's a great guy and he did want to take care of her (so, the total opposite of Rob!) but I felt like he was used as a total plot device...
Like, "Hey, your current bf is suuuper lame, check out this childhood sweetheart!" kind of thing. I wish there had been a third guy who was a little in the middle, someone she hadn't grown up with and who was genuinely nice, but she actually had to spend time with him to get to know him. I honestly feel like because Sam grew up with Kent, she views him more as a friend/protector than a romantic interest, and I hate when books assume that every male is a possible match for every female.

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Post by BookSavvy90 » 29 Feb 2016, 19:42

I freaking loved Kent. I thought he was quirky and unique. I agree with a lot of you though he could definitely have done better than Sam. She was mean, she treated him like crap until the end, and I just straight up didn't like her! I mean sure she redeemed herself sort of but that doesn't excuse that A) she bullied a girl to the point where the girl wanted to kill herself, and B) was a complete b**** to the one guy who actually cared. Okay I'm ranting now I better stop. :)
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Post by Lovely_Loreley » 09 Mar 2016, 13:16

katiesquilts wrote:I feel like I may be one of the few people who isn't totally in love with Kent...

I get that he's a great guy and he did want to take care of her (so, the total opposite of Rob!) but I felt like he was used as a total plot device...
Like, "Hey, your current bf is suuuper lame, check out this childhood sweetheart!" kind of thing. I wish there had been a third guy who was a little in the middle, someone she hadn't grown up with and who was genuinely nice, but she actually had to spend time with him to get to know him. I honestly feel like because Sam grew up with Kent, she views him more as a friend/protector than a romantic interest, and I hate when books assume that every male is a possible match for every female.
I agree! Although Kent was by far my favourite character (and was clearly a thousand times better than Rob!), I think the whole relationship between him and Sam was played up just a tad too much. I don't think he was really pining after Sam that entire time at all. Rather, it felt like Sam was stuck in the mindset that everything and everyone revolved around her and her friends, and when she realized that Kent cared about her rather than her popularity, she just kind of assumed that he'd been in love with her the entire time.

My view of Kent was that he was more disappointed in her than anything. He knew she used to be really nice and playful and had all of these interests and unique qualities that just sort of got pushed aside when she was absorbed into Lindsay's group. For me, Kent seemed like the kind of guy who regretted losing a friend - not just the fact that she ditched him for cooler crowds but the fact that she became a completely different person along the way. Maybe Kent did pine after Sam, but it would have been the Sam that he used to know, not the one who "ruled the school" with Lindsay's gang.

That was also what stuck out to me when Kent said that he could see right through her. Yes, he said it out of frustration, but I think he wanted to believe that Sam wasn't a bitch, that she just acted like one. It seemed throughout the story as though a lot of the bullying happened because Lindsay instigated it. Sam, Ally, and Elody mostly just went along with the taunts and the jokes because that's what you did when you were friends with Lindsay. Does that excuse Sam's behaviour? Nope, not at all. But it did help me make sense of the so-called "infatuation" that Kent seemed to have for Sam.
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Post by Sarah G » 10 Mar 2016, 12:59

I like the characer of Kent. He was a breath of fresh air after Rob. I did think he was a little deluded for being hopeful about Samantha but he seems to be the sort of guy that sees the best in everyone. He is just what the books needs. It seems that every character in the book had major issues. He offset that well
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Post by mmandy38 » 19 May 2016, 00:03

At first, I wasn't too sure about Kent, but by the end I loved him. He was so thoughtful and sweet towards Sam. I just wish that he had gotten more respect from the beginning and possibly had something serious with Sam.
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Post by micoleon13 » 29 May 2016, 19:26

I really liked Kent. I don't think it was weird that he liked Sam for so long from afar. They had been best friends when they were kids and both awkward and unpopular. Although it seems like Kent was more secure in himself and who he was to not undergo the transition that Sam felt she had to to become popular. He would have seen her go through this, but Sam standing up for him when he was bullied obviously made a huge impact on him, so he was always able to look past the mean girl exterior.
He may not have had a relationship with Sam as the ultimate goal as he seemed genuinely surprised when he got the rose and didn't immediately read too much into it.

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Post by AmySmiles » 31 Aug 2018, 09:56

He was probably one of my favorite characters too, but I was annoyed with him for wanting to be with Sam they way she treated him.
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Post by Nusrat_Shabnam_ » 10 Dec 2018, 01:43

Kent was a lovable character. He was nice, shy and he had many other good qualities. So I liked him.

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