Rachel Sullivan: Funny, but less than comfortable with attention, Rachel is another teen who befriends Maggie early in the story. Rachel lives in downtown Eureka with her dads—one a humble, straight-laced accountant, the other a gregarious jack-of-all-trades. Rachel’s shyness gives the appearance of aloofness, but she is actually a tenderhearted young woman and a devoted friend; she and Candace Fontaine have been best friends since kindergarten. Rachel is drawn to Maggie’s self-confidence and independent streak. Maggie is drawn to Rachel’s humor and her genuine kindness. Some friction exists between them, however, as Rachel sees Maggie as competition for the boys that Rachel is too shy to show interest in. Maggie’s disinterest in those same boys tends to wound Rachel at times, but their friendship continues to grow. Always concerned about the feelings of others, Rachel often serves as a moral compass for her friends, and wants nothing more than to be everyone’s sounding board. Terrified of everything, Rachel’s timid nature frequently sets her at odds with the reckless pursuits of her friends.