In this scene, Kathy showed very little fear of how her public image may appear for a brief period of time. “Although we hadn’t had any part in this latest plan to rile Tommy, we had taken out ringside seats and we were starting to feel guilty” (10). She was overwhelmed by sympathy for Tommy, who had just been publicly humiliated, and wanted to do whatever she could to help him out. “I knew this would puzzle the others, but I kept going- even when I heard Ruth’s urgent whispers to come back” (10). This proved to be a problem though, as her blind compassion showed a carelessness that could have easily caused her to become a social outcast herself. This scene also is very important for character development for Kathy, as it shows her branching into a new persona. As this scene takes place near the beginning of the book, this trait is shown early to be a defining characteristic. The book seems to take a very realistic approach to the characters; all the main players are very believable with their own strengths and flaws. I think Kathy is a good role model, especially in today’s context, as she has many qualities valued nowadays, such as breaking free of the cultural “mold” and fighting against the norms of society. I have had a very similar conflict myself, when I’m trying to decide between helping one friend out or remaining with a group of friends. It’s always a super hard decision, as you must weigh what you value more. Is the friendship with this person beneficial, or just toxic for both of you? Should you remain with your friends even if helping the person in need is the right thing to do? Personally, I decided to help the friend out, even though I was very self-aware while doing it, and I made many mistakes due to my fear of being left out by the group.