okay, i won't excuse jess’ shitty behavior in season 3, but so many people just talk about it without acknowledging the fact that there were reasons behind it. his mother neglected him, she clearly had issues with drugs and alcohol, and she sent him off to live away from her. his father wasn’t in the picture and showed up out of the blue. he was failing his senior year.
and rory and luke were the only things keeping him afloat, but he started pushing her away because he felt worthless and confused, and he knew luke wouldn’t accept him failing high school.
and then he left.
and he wasn’t much better the next season, but do people just forget season 6 completely? he was the one who finally got through to rory and made her realize that dropping out of school wasn’t her. he made something of himself in a way that dean never could, and logan only could because of his family. jess was rather unprivileged and he rose out of that. and he did that all on his own.
he did a lot of things wrong, some of them unforgivable, but he learned, he grew. dean didn’t change at all in five seasons. logan grew up somewhat, but he still did not fully get rory the way jess did.
jess was the only one she was completely herself around, and he made a lot of mistakes, but they made each other better, and that’s the most important thing.
Blair: NYU is not the Upper East Side. They don’t care about Constance, or social hierarchy. They don’t care that I’m Blair Waldorf! It’s over. Chuck: How can you do this to me? Blair: What are you talking about? Chuck: I’m Chuck Bass. And I told you I love you. You’re saying I’m easier to win over than a bunch of pseudo-intellectual homesick malcontents. You really insult me like that? Blair: That’s not how it is. Chuck: It’s exactly how it is. The next time you forget you’re Blair Waldorf, remember I’m Chuck Bass. And I love you.