Traffic Jam Blog Tour: Character Profile: Val

Today I have a great character profile of main protangnist Val for you from Melissa Groeling's book Traffic Jam.

Character Profile: Val Delton
Full Name: Val Delton
Species: Human

Age: 16
Height: 5 5"

Eye Color: Dark brown, almost black
Hair Color: see eye color

Likes: Reading, working on the school newspaper (sometimes), playing softball (only when she actually hits the ball), eating pastries, strawberry-frosted Pop-Tarts, hanging out with her best (only)
friend, Allison and drooling over her sister's friend John.

Homework, high school, her sister’s friends (except John), Ed, secrets, her sister 99.9% of the time, her mom’s long hours, hospitals, her dad getting laid off and not knowing what’s going on.

Strengths: Protective, loyal, smart, knowing when to keep her mouth shut—even though it gets her in deep trouble, doing everything she can to keep her family safe.

Weaknesses: Freezing at the first sign of a confrontation, John, pastries, getting
embarrassed easily, not knowing how to fight because really, she’s sixteen—how many sixteen-year-olds know how to handle themselves in a fight unless they’ve been practicing karate since they were seven?

Fears: Not being able to help her sister, getting everyone in trouble or hurt, not having a date to the dance, losing everyone she cares about.

Dreams: At sixteen? Val’s lucky if she makes it to school on time every day.
Traffic JamWhen you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves
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