Struggles with self-worth - many a therapist's couch has been worn out on that one. We see this in Pages in the Wind, as Emily tries to fully embrace love.
My overwhelming love for Reid was inexplicably tied to my desire for him to love me. I was still that starstruck girl sitting on the curb waiting for him, clinging to every second that I could spend with him. Still, here he was telling me he loved me, so I pushed the insecurities out of my head and pretended to be good enough, pretty enough, and interesting enough to be with him.
Emily's insecurities send her on a never-ending quest to prove that she's worthy of love - and worthy of Reid. She's tied her self-worth to what she sees in Reid's eyes, instead of her own. How this plays out in the coming chapters may surprise you.