The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Annika Character Analysis

The daughter of one of Eve's cousins. She is 15 when Denny, Zoë, and Enzo first meet her and she develops a major crush on Denny. When Denny rejects her advances, she is devastated and later accuses Denny of assaulting her. She is described by Enzo as a vixen and a temptress, although extremely young and not fully aware of the damage she is causing.

Annika Quotes in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The The Art of Racing in the Rain quotes below are all either spoken by Annika or refer to Annika. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the HarperCollins edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain published in 2009.
Chapter 25 Quotes

"But I love you!" she howled, and then she was in an all-out crying fit, her eyes squeezed shut, her mouth contorted. "I love you!" she kept saying over and over. "I love you!"

Related Characters: Annika (speaker), Denny
Page Number: 145
Explanation and Analysis:

Denny has just rejected Annika's sexual advances after their harrowing drive over the mountains to Seattle. Annika's love for Denny motivates first these advances, and then what Enzo later perceives as a desire for revenge when she goes on to accuse and sue Denny for rape. However, this statement supports the idea that all the characters in the novel, whether Enzo perceives them as good or bad, are mostly motivated by love for another character. Trish and Maxwell sue for Zoë's custody because they love and care for her future, and Denny fights them because he feels the same way. Enzo likewise sends his imaginary friend to torment Trish and Maxwell because he loves Denny and Zoë and sees Trish and Maxwell as trying to tear them apart.

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Annika Character Timeline in The Art of Racing in the Rain

The timeline below shows where the character Annika appears in The Art of Racing in the Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
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Around the fire pit one night, Enzo notices that Denny has an admirer, Annika. She is a young teenager whom Denny apparently met years ago, but Enzo notes that... (full context)
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...the week, the weather reports become unpleasant, and Denny decides he needs to leave early. Annika, coincidentally, decides she too needs to leave early, buying herself hours of time sitting next... (full context)
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...Roads are closed and Denny is forced to take detours. After seven hours, Denny asks Annika to call her parents so they can try to get them a hotel room, but... (full context)
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Annika calls her parents, who tell her that they just missed the closing of a highway... (full context)
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...arrive home, Denny puts Zoë to bed, changes his clothes, and pulls out a beer. Annika asks to shower and Denny sets her up in the bathroom. He goes to his... (full context)
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Enzo says he has to believe that what Annika did was without Denny's consent. Finally, thinking of how he failed to protect Zoë's toys... (full context)
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Annika darkens and says she thought Denny liked her. Denny implores her to put her robe... (full context)
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Annika emerges in the bathrobe a while later, puts on her own clothes in the bathroom,... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...while Trish and Maxwell drink their afternoon cocktails, he overhears their conversation. Trish wonders if Annika isn't as innocent as she's making out to be, and Maxwell is livid. Trish points... (full context)
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...if he quit his claim to Zoë, the criminal charges would disappear. Mark said that Annika's family only wants Denny to be registered as a sex offender, and sex offenders don't... (full context)
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...support payments, Zoë will receive a private education and have her college paid for, and Annika's suit will be settled with only harassment and probation charges. Denny finally asks Mike for... (full context)
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Suddenly, Denny and Enzo stop as they notice Annika, now 17 or 18, sitting at a café down the street. Enzo is gripped with... (full context)
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As they reach Annika's table, Denny acts surprised and greets her. Annika, also acting surprised, greets Denny and Enzo.... (full context)
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Denny apologizes and implores Annika to not take Zoë away from him, and then he and Enzo leave the girls.... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...witnesses, all cousins who had been at the cabin, who detailed Denny's predatory behavior with Annika. When Annika was called to the stand, she described every look and incidental touch, but... (full context)
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...by her guilt? Enzo reiterates that he wasn't there to ask, and continues that when Annika was done, nobody in the courtroom except for Denny was sure he hadn't assaulted Annika. (full context)
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...with the pain, but Tony insists they keep moving. When they arrive at the courthouse, Annika is in the middle of a group of people outside, but as Tony approaches it... (full context)
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Pausing, Enzo then says that Denny did nothing to Annika, but that it was clear that she loved Denny and offered herself to him, which... (full context)
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Enzo wakes to hear Denny's voice saying it's over. Denny continues and says that Annika recanted. Mike hugs Denny, and Denny cries. Tony thanks Mr. Lawrence, who says that he... (full context)
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Enzo glances around and sees Annika leaving the courthouse with her family. Enzo says he realized then that she wasn't bad,... (full context)