What are some of Connie's most important character traits?
Connie is vain. She thinks that being beautiful is everything that matters in life: “She knew she was pretty, and that was everything.” She is obsessed with her looks and everything flashy. This makes her live a double life: She is one person when she is at home and another when around her flashy friends.
Her family members would like her to be more mature. Her mother frequently reprimands her about her obsession with beauty and tries to influence her to be like her sister June, whom she herself sees as “plain, chunky and steady.” The pressure to emulate June is so high around the house that Connie is forced to possess these two identities: “Everything about her had two sides in it one for home and one for everywhere that was not home.”
Connie is also rather astute for a fifteen-year-old girl. She notices little things about Arnold Friend that warn her that he is not a good person. She observes that Friend knows a lot about her even though she barely knows him. He knows her name, her friends’ names, and her family. He even knows the whereabouts of her family members on that particular day—they are at a barbeque at Aunt Tillie’s. She notices that Friend is not a kid, even though he pretends to be one; that he wears stuffed boots and that his face is plastered with weird makeup. She leaves the house because she does not want her family harmed by Friend.
Connie's characteristics include arrogance, vanity, and naivety. She is manipulative, as well. Her vanity is one of the reasons that she falls victim to Arnold Friend. She is obsessed with her appearance and she gauges her self-worth by it. This is one of the reasons that she is an easy target for Arnold Friend. eNotes also points out that:
She is deeply romantic, as shown by her awareness of popular song lyrics, but she is interested more in the concept of having a boyfriend than the boyfriend himself.