In my book/story, my character starts out as a slightly superficial teenager who lives a very ordinary life. She has a few things that are a little different about her (she is a different religion than the other members of her immediate family-though for her it is more of a circumstance of birth- she is not very religious, or interested in religion) but otherwise she goes to school, is pretty and popular, hangs out with friends, etc. She then has an outside circumstance that turns her world and the world around her upside down and puts her in a situation where she has to do a very scary thing to save a person she loves from suffering and possibly death. I don't want to give any other details bc I don't want that to skew anyone's ideas about how this person should be. Anyway, I am really having trouble establishing this character at the beginning of the book, when her world is normal. I am bascially having trouble with the plot at the beginning, too. The rest of the book I have down, just not the beginning. I don't want to paint her as totally superficial, just your normal teenager who has never really been challenged yet. Thanks for any help.