Point of View
1st person narrator (Ashleigh)
Modern-day America, in a run-down end of town (mostly a Tuesday evening in January... in dad's rented room, mom's apartment, the diner)
Listen to your conscience & do the "right thing," even if you're pressured not to by people you care about.
person v. self (Ashleigh must decide whether to steal for her dad or protect her mom's money)
person v. person (Ashleigh's mom & dad are complete opposites...mom is responsible, strict, hard-working, and predictable.... dad is irresponsible, laid-back, "a bum", and a "dreamer"