No matter how one feels about clothes, clothes say a lot about us. Jennifer is trying out the vintage look and shopping at thrift stores. She might not be spending a lot of money, but she is spending a lot of time and energy trying to create a look that proves she cares nothing for fashion. The "fashionable" girls spent their weekends the same way--shopping for clothes, necklaces and matching nail polishes! Even when you try not to fit in--you still kind of do!
Jennifer, being raised outside of religion, did not even know the meaning of rosary beads. She knew they had something to do with the Catholic religion. Somehow they became associated with rebellion rather than religion. She wore them, not out of spite for religion, but out of sheer ignorance to their significance.
Gotta wonder about that track coach! He took his girls track team, dressed in white t-shirts, swimming! Well, it was probably innocent. Jennifer doesn't remember that ever happening again. Sometimes, people just don't think ahead! I wonder how many heads turned when that gang of female athletes in wet t-shirts returned to campus!
Jennifer and Kris L. would become track rivals. Sadly, Kris was nothing like Cheri. Cheri and Jennifer encouraged each other. Cheri was the better runner, but she congratulated Jennifer the few times Jennifer beat her in a race. Better to be beat by your friend and teammate than by a girl from another school!
Kris did not share these sentiments. Instead of bonding them, their skills divided them. Jennifer found that her success at track was alienating her rather than endearing her.
I don't know why Jennifer had such problems being herself. Every time she changed schools and cultures (which was a lot), she studied everyone around her and tried to "fit in". Its a handy survival tool but it left her confused. She didn't have an established identity with her peers. She did not have this identity crisis at home with her family. At school, she found her peers' social customs to vary radically from state to state.
The things that worked for her in one state did not work for her in another. Girls want to fit in by nature (speaking generally of course!). Jennifer was completely normal in that way. She wanted to be accepted by girls her age. This desire to be part of a group is vital to human existence, but it just about killed Jennifer as an individual!