Ariel lives at home with her mother and sister, Valerie. She and her sister will occasionally visit her father, but this was not mentioned much in the book. Her dog (only mentioned once) lives with her father (Schrag, 2009, p. 47). Ariel is very social in school and makes many different friends. Ariel’s mother is a laid back woman, that she and her sister can openly talk about their personal thought with. Ariel and her sister are also always open to have their friends over. This showed to encourage Valerie, in the way that she feels she can smoke and drink at home (Schrag, 2009, p. 251), and Ariel to bring girls over that she has sexual intent with.