My favorite character in this book is Kirstie. She is a girl that worked with the carnival Michael is with now. She was the one who gave Michael the idea of running away and traveling with the carnival. Michael went there with his friend one night and met Kirstie. She was running a whack-a-mole game and he won. They spent the rest of the night together just talking and he decided he would come back the next night. Michael starts to fall for Kirstie and how independent she is. They go to a party a week and a half after they meet and a guy tries to get Kirstie to dance with him. She doesn't want to, but he's set on being a total jerk. So when he grabs for her, she flips him over and threatens him. I wish I could be that assertive. She knows how to take care of herself, since she's been on her own for a few years. I also wish I could be more independent. But then Kirstie ends up leaving the carnival when Michael joins. For what reason, I don't know. I hope it explains it in the book later.