When Michael Andretti’s character was first introduced into the book he perceived himself as an egotistic, arrogant man who held a strong opinion about his daughter, being that he doesn’t want to get to know her, nor could he care less of her existence.
In an enraged dispute at nonna Katia’s house between Michael and Christina, which Josie had interfered. He revealed his honest emotions towards Josie in the heat of the quarrel. “I don’t want this! I don’t want this complication in my life!” (pg.65). from then on Michael and Josie vowed to stay out of each other’s lives. However after an argument at school between Ivy and Sister Louise. Michael comes to the rescue to bail her out, pushing aside their differences. From this day Michael and Josie begin to develop the father/daughter relationship they never had.
Later in the novel Michael and Josie discover that it’s not their differences setting them apart but the similarities of their personalities and valued traits that remind them of themselves. As this connection is discovered that only grow closer and develop a stronger bond.