Let me assure you that at least to me, the sadder parts of this story don't feel "unintenionally hilarious". I also appreciated the little test Winnie gives on page 30. Overall, I thought this addition to the story did a great job addressing what I said in my previous post about Winnie sometimes seeming like an irresponsible mother figure.
I did wonder why Jessie didn't console Winnie earlier about what Gene said, until I decided she probably felt too bitter about Winnie breaking Thomas' trophy and betraying Gene's trust.