In the book Tangerine, what is Mike and Joey’s relationship?

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Mike and Joey are brothers, and have a relationship that is a complete contrast to Erik and Paul. Mike is a role-model to his younger brother, showing compassion and brotherly love, a natural foil to the sadistic Erik. Since Erik's death occurs very early in the novel, it is difficult to rely on concrete interactions to define Mike and Joey's relationship dynamic, however, there is a great deal that we can infer based on the way Joey acts.

When Mike is struck by lightning, Joey immediately rushes to his aid, taking his shoes off to make him more comfortable. He seems to want to live up to his brother's reputation by quitting soccer to go out for football. He wants to be like his brother in every way, as if this is his way of mourning and carrying on his legacy.

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In Tangerine by Edward Bloor, Mike Costello and Joey Costello are brothers. Early on in the novel, Mike is electrocuted to death by a bolt of lightning. Joey, out of love and care for his brother, rushes to his brother to take off his shoes in order to make him comfortable as he's dying.

Mike Costello was somewhat of a football star at school; as a consequence, Joey feels pressured to live up to his brother's large reputation after his death. In a way, this shows both Joey's devotion toward making his brother proud as well as the significant amount of respect he has for his brother. By choosing to abandon his own sport (soccer) in favor of his brother's sport (football), Joey is shown mourning his brother in a very special way.

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