I liked the character of Connie because she is relateable. She is a young teenager who is curious about many things, especially boys. I read somewhere online that she wrote this story after hearing about a man that had murdered a young teenage girl. This story reflects a lot on that. I found that the meaning was powerful in that, no matter who you are you have to be careful.
Also, I though it was clever that Oates character Arnold Friend's intials are A. Friend. The story goes to show that no matter how sure you might be of someone, you really can never be too sure.
I liked the descriptions of the differences between Connie and her sister June. And about how their mother had different relationships with the two.