Jumper is different (cough) from other girls her age. After her experience with J., which is long behind her, she has decided that dating is a big problem and she doesn't want a boyfriend at all. She has tons of guy friends and one guy she is so close to that she and he get teased all the time that they are going out, but the truth is, they are just extremely close friends. She has gone out on a few singular dates with two different guys and decided she didn't want them as boyfriends because "I need my space and if you have a boyfriend, he expects you to be tied to his hip." She also says, "After all, I have my sports and I'm not exactly sitting at home and I'm ONLY sixteen." Also, "If I go to prom with one guy, I can only dance with him and I want to dance with EVERYONE!" Ok, ok, ok, I get it! The thing is, Jumper is running for prom queen and has a great chance of winning. It is basically a popularity contest and there are one or two who are also in contention, but she is the one everyone thinks will win (that would be really cool...first African American girl in our small town to ever win Prom Queen). Although the guy she is running with, a very good friend who is extremely handsome, will look great with her when they walk down the aisle, she has no desire to be his date and he asked somebody else for the prom. You can run with somebody without being his date. A lot of her friends, boys and girls, decided to go alone, but she's running for prom queen! When I tell her just to get a friiend to take her so that she has a "date"...a friend who won't care if she dances with everyone there, she just laughs at me and says, "No! I don't WANT a date. I could get a REAL date if I did." She did this for Homecoming too and we have pictures of her with about twenty guys!!! And she really DID have a blast...but... You ever hear of a girl running for prom queen without a date...lol? She is NOT covering up being upset. She is not upset at all. She is sooooooooo excited about prom and really does NOT want a date, but I really thought that to run for prom queen you had to be with somebody for the event. Guess I'm old and outdated :/ You ever hear of this?