The Apology of Rachel Amber
I’d like to give my not-so-humble opinion on the whole “RachelAmberisamanipulativebitchffscantyouseeit?” matter.
To me Rachel Amber is, if anything, a hot, charming girl with a magnet personality that most of us would oh-so-loved to have as a friend in high school.
Also if Rachel is manipulative what would Max’s definition be?
Please take a moment to meditate on the following points:
1- she was Chloe’s best friend
2- she left when Chloe’s dad died
3- she didn’t stay in touch ( Chloe’s dad died. Max, where was your empathy?)
4- she got back to Arcadia Bay but still didn’t get in touch with Chloe (just a reminder that she makes contact, by accident, in the parking lot after ONE month )
Max excuse was :”I just wanted to settle in first and not be such a shy, cliche geek. I totally would’ve contacted you…”
Excuse me, after 5 years you still wait a month, ‘cause you know, what difference does it make? Eeek.
If you choose any of the available Max’s answers , when they’re in Chloe’s truck, none of them is satisfying because none of them is a real answer as to why she didn’t stay in touch with Chloe at such a critical moment in her life.
Chloe: You were happy to wait five years without a call or even a text.
Option 1) Max: I wanted to. I was just so tripped out over leaving Arcadia…
Option 2) Max: Give me a break! I was going through changes…like you…
Option 3) Max: I’m sorry. I know things were tough on you when I left…
If I were Chloe I would have been furious! It would have taken me far more than a week to reconnect and trust her again; of course Max more than makes up for it in the end and that’s why I was and still is all for Pricefield (and Amberprice before Max return).
This leads me to… Rachel Amber.
Is she manipulative ? Or simply as manipulative as any other teenager can be: she is beautiful, talented, intelligent, smart. This is the perfect teenage crush, whether you’re a boy or a girl, that’s why everybody liked her, she was charming and transversal.
I don’t think for a moment that Rachel has betrayed Chloe, she was just living her life in full mode on, of course she wanted to get the heck out of Arcadia Bay, almost every teenager dream of a life away from her/his hometown (unless of course you were born in NYC, LA, LONDON and so on) making it big, living the dream, perhaps even with your bff tagging along ?
So, I guess Chloe can feel betrayed (original LIS) for two reasons, depending on the choices you make in BTS :
-Rachel was indeed Chloe’s gf
This might be the outcome of your choices in BTS (mine for sure!), so the fact that Rachel ends up with Frank sucks BUT it doesn’t mean Rachel and Chloe were still together when that happened. If that was the case, well, things happen, and in that letter she wrote to Chloe, you can feel Rachel’s pain, cause she knows this will hurt Chloe’s feelings, and she really didn’t know how to tell her. Life is about taking chances, going further, committing mistakes. If Rachel fell in love with Frank (I never thought it was Jefferson), what was she supposed to do ? We don’t know if Rachel literally cheated on Chloe, because we don’t know if they were still together when that happened. This, either way, doesn’t change, in my view, the love and affection Rachel had for Chloe. SHE was there to pick up the pieces when Max was in another city and burned bridges. This would f***ing hurt me more than anything else and I am still in shock that so many, in Lis fandom , quietly fly over it.
That’s the biggest betrayal of all: leave your bff hanging out to dry after an incredible loss and then coming back after 5 years like nothing’s happened.
- Rachel was Chloe’s bff (or she was aware of Chloe’s crush but did not reciprocate) so she should have told her, cause you know, that’s what bff do…
Most of the times, though, things are not always black and white. Sometimes you fear the reactions and judgment of a loved one. Will she think less of me? Will I be a disappointment ? Will she get over it ? You know, this kind of reactions.
Of all the people in Blackwell Academy Rachel chose Chloe. For a reason: she likes her. She feels a connection. She surely also likes that edge Chloe has, the rebel without a cause, the punk rock attitude. But Chloe is the perfect companion for Rachel, at least in that moment in time.
Just like that friend or lover you lost contact with, that perfect song that spoke to your soul or that book that changed you forever, Rachel will leave an indelible mark in Chloe’s life. Life, as we know, will turn out to be very different for both of them.
After all… Life is Strange.