Gia is the friend who wants to do things and have fun, to take shots and go to parties, and pushes her best friend to leave her house and get a life—to make out with cute boys and say yes to everything, just for one night! When a freak accident leaves her dead, Gia switches the boots on the body to make Erika thinks she’s the ghost, in the hopes it will prompt her to live her best life if she thinks time is running out. This makes sense to Gia, but isn’t objectively “nice” of her, because it isn’t the truth. She’s robbing her best friend of mourning her own death, she’s hampering her own ability to “go into the light” by sticking around to take care of her best friend, and she is delaying the truth… but she’s doing it for Erika’s own good. She is suppressing her feelings and need to talk, out of a desire to ‘fix’ Erika’s problems. She is dealing with being dead and having a hard time with it, but keeping that a secret so she doesn’t disrupt her friend’s “life journey.” When Erika gets the prom canceled, Gia points out that she is “ruining prom for a lot of people, not to mention me!” She and her feelings are an afterthought to what she feels others need, which makes her even more upset when Erika doesn’t seem to care about her, about her death, about her fading away, etc. She isn’t sure what to do about “the monster I have created,” but she wants to reconcile so they can both move forward. Gia has been so quiet in her life, and so faithful to her best friend, that no one at school notices her absence; it’s been a month sine anyone saw her, and no one has commented on it. Gia really needs and wants to talk about things immediately after they happen and to receive support, such as when she wants to talk about making out with a boy and now feeling ignored by him (and to know what to do about it). Gia is somewhat critical of Erika after a point, but it takes a lot of time to get her there, and even then it’s just to be upset about her friend’s selfishness and angry at herself for “wasting the last few days of my existence on you!” She doesn’t really show much Ne in that she doesn’t think about the eventual consequences of her decision, or how to explain it, or the broader implications of anything, but she does see things differently in that she doesn’t need “facts” the way her best friend does (“I know you need things to make sense, but…”). She just accepts that certain things happen, and that there’s a reason for them, and decides to make the most of it.

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Gia gets angry when the truth comes out toward the end of the series, because she has “wasted enough time” on her best friend, by trying to fix all of her problems. Erika angrily tells her off for assuming that “I NEED you,” as if Gia assumes that Erika cannot do anything on her own, or have her own life, or motivate herself to get out there—which she can’t, and didn’t, until Gia gave her the “push.” Point is, Gia thinks it’s her job to take care of Erika, and her unfinished business is partly to get Erika out of her comfort zone and encourage her to have a life. She has stuck around, being her friend’s cheerleader, going out of her way to make sure she’s okay, championing her, and encouraging her every step of the way and… after being dismissed, ignored, treated like garbage, and left to ice the body, she is finally mad enough to tell Erika off. Even so, though, she still comes back to her friend and makes it all right; she wants to make up with her before she fades away, and sees that as doing the right thing (apologizing for her mistakes). Gia supports her friend a lot, but is also jealous at the amount of attention she gets. She wants her fair share of the credit for the party and wishes she could be as popular.

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