One of the Protagonists in the story would be Shelby. Shelby is just kind of in the mix with everyone and doesn´t really know who to trust and what to do. Shelby was told different stories and invovled in things that she had no part of.
The mother is the antagonist in the book. The mother sort of just dragged Shelby along on all of her crazy ideas and line of crime with the police. She was very overprotective over Shelby but at the same time lying.
The theme of the story would have to be along the lines of there are always two sides to every story, the truth and what you wanted to happen. Shelby´s Mother was always lying to her about what really happened to Shelby´s dad, life and childhood but then, Shelby found out the truth.
Shelby had this coyote/wolf that she dreamt about and he saved her life and he gave her advice and helped her see things before they happened. Mark (who was her little boy crush) was also in these ¨dreams¨ and saved her when she got hit by the car.
The mood of this story would be confusion but some parts were also intense. The confusion comes in when the mom first takes Shelby from the hospital even against doctor orders. The intenseness comes in when the cops find Shelby and her ¨mom¨ in the hotel and the spot Shelby is put in when the police arrive.
One of the symbols is the knife/the dreaming. The ¨dreaming¨ is suppose to represent the future or more so what is gonna heppen with Shelby and her mother. Mark was just supposed to help her with her problems and if they were nightmares then something bad was gonna happen.