So, my story takes place in a mill town and splitting the town in half is a river. On the north side is the middle class, majority white, average American school district. On the south side of the river, where the mill actually is, is the impoverished area, mostly minority races, with a low budget school that just recently shut down. (Originally, my story was going to be about her neighbor, Gunnar, who escapes poverty through music, but I wanted the story to have more of a feel similar to Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.) My main character is named Talyn Carson and she lives on the south side in a trailer park, nicknamed "Zero City". She is half Native American and half white and she lives with her Native American mother, name not yet decided, while her white father left before she can remember. Her mother is an alcoholic who turned to alcohol in order to cope with sexual assault she suffered while living on a reservation with her family as a teenager. Talyn is tasked with caring for her mother during times when she can't even stand on her own. She is independent, but feels alone, despite having a close knit group of friends. Her best friend Marci is a half white, half Mexican child of a previously illegal immigrant mother. Marci's cousin Felix, fully Mexican, lives with her along with his family who were originally migrant workers. Their friends Candy and DJ are African American and have lived in the community their entire lives. Gunnar is Talyn's estranged neighbor who she used to be frineds with, but they drifted apart due to his mother's diagnosis of cancer. After his mother dies, he seeks Talyn out again and the friendship rekindles. Talyn is plagued by thoughts of inadequacy due to being mixed race. She doesn't seem to fit in anywhere when she begins at her new school since most of the other students are white and she has no classes with anybody from the south side of the river. She scored higher than most on a placement test which put her in upper level classes, above most of her peers. I don't have a lot on who Talyn really is, but I was wondering if anybody had any input or advice that would help me make her more realistic and dynamic. Thank you in advance and I apologize for rambling!