How might the end of Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick have been different if Kevin had survived?

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If Kevin had survived, one might hope that the boys' friendship, and positive influences on each other would continue.  Max at the end of the novel is a very different young man than the Max the reader is first introduced to; Freak's imagination and intellectual prowess, coupled with Max's physical size resulted in a friendship in which each boy, aided by the strength of the other, was able to engage in "adventures" and find some fun in life that normally eluded them.  This friendship was particularly important to Max, who even wound up in advanced classes in a win-win agreement that enabled the boys to stay together during the day, providing support to each other.  Naturally, Max was devastated when Kevin died, but we see how much he has changed in terms of his confidence and faith in himself as he begins writing an affectionate memoir of his time with his friend. If Kevin had survived, it is likely that as the boys matured, they might have become less interested in quests and more interested in music and girls; perhaps they would have combined these things and created new quests looking for girls!