How do the characters Tom and Jeff change in Firegirl?

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Although the narrator, Tom, changes significantly over the course of the novel, his best friend Jeff does not change--in fact, Jeff loses his chance to change, and the fact that Tom proves to be a dynamic (developing, changing) character while Jeff remains static helps illustrate one of the novel's main ideas. That is, when you have the chance to make friends with someone very different, or someone who's suffering, like Jessica in this story, you can either take advantage of that chance and grow from it (like Tom does) or you can let that opportunity pass you by and learn nothing as a result (like Jeff does).

Let's take a closer look at how Tom changes while Jeff remains the same.

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