What is Max's opinion of Kevin in Freak the Mighty?

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The answer to this question depends on where you are in the novel. For example, Max feels differently about Kevin when he first meets him in daycare as opposed to the end of the novel when Max desires to immortalize his best friend.

At the beginning of the novel, we hear about a memory of Max during his first years of daycare. Max is the bully at school and nicknamed “Kicker” because he would “boot” anyone who touched him. Max is intrigued by Kevin, though. Max does not bully Kevin for a couple of reasons. At this point, Max’s opinion of Kevin is that he is crippled; therefore, it would be inappropriate to bully him. Max also has at least a slight interest in Kevin because he creatively calls himself “Robot Man” because he has “shiny braces strapped to his crooked legs.”

Max’s respect for Kevin grows and grows until the end of the novel when Kevin passes away from his condition. Because of Kevin, Max has gained self-confidence. In fact, Max has enough confidence in himself to immortalize his best friend, Kevin, by writing down the stories of their adventures.

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