What changes do the main characters of Whirligig go through?

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The main character, Brent, changes over the course of the novel. He begins as a self-centered teenager concerned with impressing others. He makes immature choices, such as drinking underage and driving under the influence. He is not a likable character at the start of the story.

After Brent's journey to the four corners of the United States to set up whirligigs in honor of Lea, Brent develops more self-esteem. He starts to enjoy new things, such as reading and creating. He is no longer self-pitying. Brent becomes more mature and likable.

The whirligigs Brent makes have an impact on other characters featured in chapters of the book. In California, Jenny is a teenager who takes care of her elderly and sick Grandmother. Jenny is conscientious, albeit anxious, and is told by her mother that she is too...

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