She is in Minnesota and it's her mom's birthday.
Jennifer moved to Plymouth, Minnesota over the summer. It is 1994 miles from Foster City, California. That is 29 hours and 22 minutes away by car!
Blending families, dealing with child-support and the economic recession in Alaska--it's a lot on a family! When Jeff married her mother, Jennifer lived with her dad. Jeff probably never counted on raising Jennifer. Joel was a pretty easy kid and Jennifer was not.
She did try her best. She did do things wrong. Jennifer was also under constant stress. Moving, struggling to make friends, feeling alone, hormone surges, worrying about Jeff's problems with his ex-wife, worrying about paying for two households, missing her brother, getting ready to start her third high school--she and her step-dad were destined to butt heads!!! Her mom and Joel were always in the middle.
I think, in the end, everyone did their best.