Throughout the novel, Mark and Bryon think and behave like typical sixteen-year-old boys. They are both active individuals who tend to get into trouble and make bad decisions. Both Mark and Bryon get into several fights and engage in criminal behavior. Even though Bryon understands the difference between right and wrong, he cannot help his best friend Mark make the right life decisions. Like many teenage boys, Bryon is infatuated with females. He falls in love with Cathy and begins to have a serious relationship with her. As the novel progresses, Bryon learns he is getting too old to act like an irresponsible child. Mark essentially never grows up and realizes that he is at an age where his negative behavior will have serious consequences. Like most sixteen-year-old boys, Mark and Bryon experience significant changes throughout their lives that drastically affect their future.