The other main “character” of the project – an undergrad Lit Major at Pollard State University. She finds Eric’s book while she was shelving (she works in the library) and left a note in it. And thus, it begins.
She has a past that she keeps hidden. First telling Eric that she “disappeared” for a day, we later learn that when she was young, her parents took her to a park, and they couldn’t find her. This blew out of proportion, with cops and search parties, until she wandered back to the group. We find out yet later, that’s a big fat lie. She actually DID run away, and had a vastly different experience than this. She hung out in a barn with another young child. He is the child of abusive parents, so he hides out in the barn. When Jen finally goes to the police, despite everything in her telling her to keep quiet, she tells the police about the boy. He now stands a good chance of being taken from his neglectful parents, and put into custody of the state.
Why does this matter? Because she said that the whole incident made her believe she was a liar, and a betrayer. This may be something that plays a larger role in her day to day life, and impacts how she interacts with others. We may not always be able to believe what she says, but it does seem her intentions are always pure and that she is not overtly trying to hurt or sabotage anyone or anything.