You can get a beginner's guide to home repair, cooking and even the universe, so why not the inner social workings of Palos Hills High School? On the fourth season of "Awkward," premiering April 15, a New York City native named Eva will join the likes of Jenna Hamilton and Matty McKibben in the hallowed PHHS halls, and though The Sanctuary, Valerie Marks' office and the lunch area will be uncharted territory for her, they're already historical landmarks for the senior class. Sounds like this chick could use a tour guide!
Even if you're a striking, tall blonde, starting over at a different school can be rough (especially when Sadie Saxton looms), and we'd like to give Eva a fighting chance. Here's the shorthand on her new surroundings.
Jenna Hamilton followed her heart junior year by letting go of her relationship with Matty in favor of striking things up with Collin, whose writing she admired and whom she appreciated for the new experiences he offered. Sadly, her heart led her down the drain, and what started as some exciting experimentation with pot turned into a perpetual drug binge. Soon, J-Town had officially become a full-blown degenerate, but thankfully, she snapped back into reality when she saw Collin for the hedonist that he was. Now single, on semi-probation with the friends she scorned and with some heavy-duty damage control to do to her permanent record, will Jenna get things together senior year?
Even when those closest to Jenna were ready to throw in the towel, her former soul mate, Matty McKibben, refused to give up on her, and the oft-shirtless gentleman played perhaps the biggest role in her turnaround. Still, saving Jenna didn't mean putting his love life on hold, and by the time prom rolled around, Matty had begun dating Bailey, a super sweet underclassman who was sort of a mini-Jenna. This season, Matty will consider venturing into friends with benefits territory with his ex, but is he playing with fire by leading Jenna on?
Two lovebirds who haven't been afraid to be forthright are Tamara Kaplan and Jake Rosati, but they sadly ended their relationship over a race for class president that turned dirty. They've gone back and forth over Tamara's dismissive nature and Jake's habit of taking her -- among other things -- for granted, and this season, it looks like more issues will pop up for the reigning class couple. We don't know if they'll recover from their many complications, but as long as T has some hot guys to gawk at, we have a feeling she'll weather the storm just fine.
Though Jake and Tamara's love story is long-running, being in a relationship is a brand new experience for Sadie, who decided to open her (sometimes) cold heart for Austin. The student from another school managed to see right through Sadie in spite of his own social awkwardness, and the two felt so connected that they dropped mutual L-bombs on each other at the prom. Based on the Season 4 trailer, Sadie won't stray too far from her snippy roots, but here's hoping the pain of her mother skipping town doesn't mean she'll be a complete monster throughout senior year.
Once a respected vice principal/guidance counselor, Valerie Marks experienced a hell of a fall from grace when one of Jenna Hamilton's personal essays cast her in a terrible light, and she was fired (ironic, considering Val spearheaded the A.S.S. that jump-started Jenna's recovery). After working in a liquor store to make ends meet, Val was finally re-hired when Sadie Saxton's winning testimony proved to the school board how valuable she was, and we're simply delighted that Eva will have the opportunity to experience a cringeworthy session with V for herself.