Justin is Via's boyfriend. He's shy, quiet, wears round glasses, and plays the fiddle in a zydeco band. Justin is an overwhelmingly kind individual; though his narration implies that he is initially somewhat uncomfortable meeting August, he also chooses to deal with his discomfort on his own rather than make it Via's problem. He also loves Via's parents and feels very safe with them, in part because his parents divorced when he was very young and pushed him from an early age to be independent. He believes that children need guidance, which is why he intimidates Julian, Miles, and Henry after watching them bully Jack—he recognizes that as a high schooler with a scary-looking fiddle case (it looks like a gun case), he has the power to scare them and can hopefully encourage them to change their behavior. Justin begins to come into himself after he's cast in the lead in the school's production of Our Town. When Justin mentions having "tics," it implies that he has Tourette’s Syndrome, though he explains that he experiences fewer tics as a teen than he did as a child.