Jennifer had a lot to catch up on. Her relationship with Luke and Katie was the stuff of movies--teen movies. Jennifer felt more for Luke than she first admitted in her diaries. She thought he was perfect but unattainable. He was so much older. She worshiped him.
Jennifer also adored Katie. She found that she could tell Katie anything. So Jennifer spent months confiding to Katie about Luke. Jennifer remembers lounging in Katie's room going on about things Luke said, about his amazing guitar skills, about his brown skin and hair so blond it was almost white, about him wrestling with her and coming over to her house to see her brother and how he rode her around Foster City on his scooter. Katie just listened.
Only later did Jennifer find out that her musings had been pure agony to Katie who was also in love with Luke! Worse, Luke wasn't interested in either of them--although Katie suspected that Jennifer had a better chance with him than she did. Katie tired of hearing about Luke. Once Jennifer moved, their friendship slowly fizzled.
You might remember that Jennifer's mom and step-dad had planned to move to California. Well, they decided it was smarter to live near Jeff's aging parents in Minnesota. Jeff found a job and the family moved to Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis. They rented a townhouse in Fox Forest.
Jennifer, dying to get away from her dad, joined them in Minnesota. She liked all the greenery but couldn't stand the humidity, the mosquitoes or the flatness of the land. In Anchorage, Foster City and Littleton she had always been hemmed in by mountain ranges or foothills. Here the land went as far as she could see. She could almost see the curve of the earth! It was not cozy to her. It felt exposed and endless. It was hard to orient north, south, east and west without a hilly border. To her is was a green desert.
When some people have to give up a pet that is not working out for them, they "re-home" it. I guess this sounds better than "getting rid of it" or "giving it away". So I will use this term to describe Jennifer's experience. She has been "re-homed" again (5th move to a new home since the divorce and the fifth brand new school).
This is where we find her now..."15, in Minnesota and friendless."
P.S. Color TV's had been out for awhile of course! However, shoppers still had the option to purchase a black and white TV at the stores. They were just cheaper.