Ah. Leah. Well.
The others were jerks in the second degree. She had lost her father, was practically thrown out by Sam for her second cousin, and phased. She had every right to be bitchy, particularly to Sam seeing as she had to see into his mind and saw his mental fantasies about Emily. She had every right to be cynical and callous. She had every right to grieve and to not act like she was taking it all in her stride. She was cold and nasty because of what she went through. But the boys - her brother included - treated her like... like a piece of trash. Jacob called her a harpy and touchy; none of them gave her a drop of sympathy. Leah was practically an outcast within the pack because of her attitude. Perhaps if they'd been nice to her, she'd have been nice back.
It's also extremely ironic that because Leah isn't paired up and hates Bella, she doesn't get a happy ending.
I dream of her going to college, or even to university, getting a job, and returning successful, while everybody's happy endings are falling apart. As of late I've thought of her - in my own head - as a staff/okatana wielding, physically strong badass with the gift of the gab and able to put aside any dislike or hatred to help. She's brilliant. Brave, feisty, sane, strong, outspoken, and confident.
Is it true that she looked like she just wanted to give up in BD, when Seth tells her she ruins everything?