Who is Marci’s cousin Raylene, and why is her story significant for Marci?

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Within the book What Night Brings the main character Mexican-American girl named Marci who wants god to change her into a boy and to get rid of her father due to his extensive physical abuse of Marci. The story focuses on Marci’s struggle to maintain her identity which is that of a male not the female she was born as. As you read the book you learn that Marci had a cousin Raylene, however when Raylene was born was known as Ray. Marci wishes to have the same gender transformation as Raylene. It is the knowledge that this was something that Ray achieved in life that leads Marci to pursue her dream and in the end find love with her neighbor Raquel.