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[1 of 5] The Hate U Give - Part 1: When It Happens - One to Five - by Angie Thomas (2017)

Author: Angie Thomas

“Part 1: When It Happens - One to Five.” The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2017, pp. 3–90.

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I shouldn’t have come to this party.

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Angie C (Sep 15 2020 11:58AM) : Testing 1,2, 3 more

I am seeing how the commenting works on here. I like this book and know the students like it as well. Sadly, with the language, we can’t teach it BUT they can read it on their own.

Thank you.

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Angie C (Sep 15 2020 11:59AM) : Testing again. Checking replies [Edited] more

Checking for how the replies look.

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(Sep 15 2020 12:10PM) : We would welcome any of your students who want to join the conversations here.
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Angie C (Sep 15 2020 3:23PM) : Thank you more

Yes, thank you! I will definitely show this to my teachers. We were looking for a great way to annotate PDFs in this virtual setting and something free. LOL!

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Zachary J (Oct 09 2020 3:40PM) : Summary [Edited] more

Starr is saying that people only recognize her as Big Mav’s daughter or the girl who works at the store.
Edit: This was meant for paragraph 7 not 2

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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 9:12PM) : Starr feel like she doesn't fit in with the party because she doesn't know anyone there
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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 9:16PM) : Starr is afraid of how people see her as at the party.
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I’m not even sure I belong at this party. That’s not on some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it’s not enough to be me. Either version of me. Big D’s spring break party is one of those places.

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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 10:31AM) : i think she did not wanted wand to go to the party at all i think she just when because of her or he's friend's to take her look good in front of them
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Dawry C (Oct 29 2020 11:14AM) : i think she saying she dont belong at this party because she dont know nobody in the party
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cristin t (Nov 04 2020 10:55AM) : she doesn't feel good in there since she don't know anyone in the party. [Edited]
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Owen G (Nov 22 2020 8:30PM) : Doesn't feel comfortable in her own skin. more

She feels like she needs to put on an act, or pretend to be someone she’s not, just to fit in.

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Anna M (Oct 02 2020 2:24PM) : Question more

What are these two versions of herself?

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Nimra R (Oct 03 2020 2:46PM) : Changing yourself for your audience. more

The two versions of herself are the way she acts at Williamson and the way she acts at Garden heights. This is not something new that people have to do in their daily life because who they are isn’t “civil or proper enough”

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Zephyr W (Nov 19 2020 6:48PM) : Answer more

We can see the two versions of Starr at Williamson and in Garden Heights. What’s interesting is that Starr feels like she can be herself more at Williamson than in Garden Heights, but that may be because she has gone to school there for a while.

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I squeeze through sweaty bodies and follow Kenya, her curls bouncing past her shoulders. A haze lingers over the room, smelling like weed, and music rattles the floor. Some rapper calls out for everybody to Nae-Nae, followed by a bunch of “Heys” as people launch into their own versions. Kenya holds up her cup and dances her way through the crowd. Between the headache from the loud-ass music and the nausea from the weed odor, I’ll be amazed if I cross the room without spilling my drink.

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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 10:34AM) : this means that she was a weed user and a music lover
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Dawry C (Nov 09 2020 10:33AM) : this means that she like smelling like weed and she loves music.
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Estefani F (Oct 14 2020 10:50AM) : So if she doesn't like the smell of grass because that's why she has nausea, and also has a headache from music then I like she would have to go.
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(Oct 14 2020 10:57AM) : I hate that "weed odor"! And yeah, she should probably leave this party.
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Dawry C (Nov 09 2020 11:00AM) : they was in a party and they was having a lot fun

We break out the crowd. Big D’s house is packed wall-to-wall. I’ve always heard that everybody and their momma comes to his spring break parties—well, everybody except me—but damn, I didn’t know it would be this many people. Girls wear their hair colored, curled, laid, and slayed. Got me feeling basic as hell with my ponytail. Guys in their freshest kicks and sagging pants grind so close to girls they just about need condoms. My nana likes to say that spring brings love. Spring in Garden Heights doesn’t always bring love, but it promises babies in the winter. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them are conceived the night of Big D’s party. He always has it on the Friday of spring break because you need Saturday to recover and Sunday to repent.

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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 10:41AM) : this means the this is the first time she go to a party and not any party, this party was a spring break parties and when she got there she said " i didn't know it would be this many people". [Edited] more

so i think this is her first time she see that much people in one place

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Jessica H (Oct 22 2020 11:03AM) : Well, more people means there is more possibility for problems, I think. She is smart and tries not to take unnecessary risks.
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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 10:54AM) : she felt uncomfortable because there was people with better look then her, got her feelinf basic as hell with my ponytail
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Dawry C (Nov 09 2020 11:12AM) : this means that is a lot of guys with freshest kicks and sagging pants and they grinding so close to the girl they need to use condoms
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(Nov 11 2020 9:33AM) : You have done a pretty good summary here. When you write a summary like this, go to the bottom box and write more about why you think this is significant or interesting or why you noticed this sentence. What makes it stand out for you?
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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 11:02AM) : this means that they already have a schedule for parties on every spring break.

“Stop following me and go dance, Starr,” Kenya says. “People already say you think you all that.”

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“I didn’t know so many mind readers lived in Garden Heights.” Or that people know me as anything other than “Big Mav’s daughter who works in the store.” I sip my drink and spit it back out. I knew there would be more than Hawaiian Punch in it, but this is way stronger than I’m used to. They shouldn’t even call it punch. Just straight-up liquor. I put it on the coffee table and say, “Folks kill me, thinking they know what I think.”

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William S (Oct 09 2020 3:44PM) : i think this is important because it shows how the people in this neighborhood only know starr as mavs daughter and not as who she really is
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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:35AM) : mhm so she have a nickname and it is "big mav's daughter who work in the store i think she is not really famous like i thought she was
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Dawry C (Nov 12 2020 10:52AM) : i think this is important because it shows how the people in this neighborhood only know starr as mavs daughter and not as who she really is and she just want to live a normal life.
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Zephyr W (Nov 19 2020 6:51PM) : Summary more

This shows that Starr is kind of a loner. She doesn’t have many friends in Garden Heights and it seems people don’t want to be friends with the “Williamson kid”

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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 11:06AM) : this means that is actually that first time she drink alcohol that she even spit it back out.
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Jessica H (Oct 22 2020 11:09AM) : Look at the next sentence:”...this is way stronger than I’m used to.”
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Dawry C (Nov 10 2020 10:58AM) : why they drinking they are teenagers
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“Hey, I’m just saying. You act like you don’t know nobody ’cause you go to that school.”

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Owen G (Nov 22 2020 8:32PM) : People from her neighborhood think that feels more important than them, since she goes to a different, maybe better school.
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Dawry C (Nov 10 2020 11:03AM) : what she saying is that he change after he when to that school
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(Nov 10 2020 6:50PM) : Isn't it Starr who has changed? Maybe you should start using the character's names so that we can understand better what you are saying.

I’ve been hearing that for six years, ever since my parents put me in Williamson Prep. “Whatever,” I mumble.

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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:43AM) : ooh so all those people in the party are friends since they were in the same middle school but i think kenia chanhe her school when she was little "six years" have been past
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(Nov 11 2020 9:07AM) : Right... so have you ever been in a similar situation?
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“And it wouldn’t kill you to not dress like . . .” She turns up her nose as she looks from my sneakers to my oversized hoodie. That. Ain’t that my brother’s hoodie?”

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Estefani F (Oct 14 2020 10:59AM) : And my question is how does she have to dress to go to that school or is it that the school where she goes have uniforms?
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Jessica H (Oct 14 2020 11:07AM) : I think she does wear a uniform to school, but they are at a party right now.
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Our brother’s hoodie. Kenya and I share an older brother, Seven. But she and I aren’t related. Her momma is Seven’s momma, and my dad is Seven’s dad. Crazy, I know. “Yeah, it’s his.”

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Yeiro B (Oct 22 2020 11:27AM) : this state that kenya and her have a bigger bother but kenya is not really her lil sister beacsue they aren't related. more

It just because kenya mom have seven’s son’s and her dad have the same amount of son’ hermom have

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Jessica H (Oct 26 2020 10:29AM) : Seven is the brother's NAME, like someone might have the name Septimo in Spanish.
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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 8:27PM) : they share a brother more

did starrs dad cheat on starrs mom or was seven conceived before her parents got together?

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“Figures. You know what else people saying too. Got folks thinking you’re my girlfriend.” “Do I look like I care what people think?”

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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:28AM) : so this means that the whole party is thinking the thats he's girlfriend bu she really don't care what people say's or think
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“No! And that’s the problem!”

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Brendaly N (Oct 14 2020 10:42AM) : She’s worried about stars image
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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:46AM) : i think she's worry that what people are saying might come true.
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“Whatever.” If I’d known following her to this party meant she’d be on some Extreme Makeover: Starr Edition mess, I would’ve stayed home and watched Fresh Prince reruns. My Jordans are comfortable, and damn, they’re new. That’s more than some people can say. The hoodie’s way too big, but

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I like it that way. Plus, if I pull it over my nose, I can’t smell the weed.

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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:50AM) : she like that hoodie so much because it covers her nose so that the smoke of the weed is not confuse her
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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 8:28PM) : there was weed at the party
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“Well, I ain’t babysitting you all night, so you better do something,” Kenya says, and scopes the room. Kenya could be a model, if I’m completely honest. She’s got flawless dark-brown skin—I don’t think she ever gets a pimple—slanted brown eyes, and long eyelashes that aren’t store-bought. She’s the perfect height for modeling too, but a little thicker than those toothpicks on the runway. She never wears the same outfit twice. Her daddy, King, makes sure of that.

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Estefani F (Oct 14 2020 11:05AM) : Kenia could be a model, I reminded myself that I was going to be a model but I had to leave because my grandfather couldn't pay me to stay at the modeling academy and I would have liked to be a model. People always told me that I could be a model
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Kenya is about the only person I hang out with in Garden Heights—it’s hard to make friends when you go to a school that’s forty-five minutes away and you’re a latchkey kid who’s only seen at her family’s store. It’s easy to hang out with Kenya because of our connection to Seven. She’s messy as hell sometimes, though. Always fighting somebody and quick to say her daddy will whoop somebody’s ass. Yeah, it’s true, but I wish she’d stop picking fights so she can use her trump card. Hell, I could use mine too. Everybody knows you don’t mess with my dad, Big Mav, and you definitely don’t mess with his kids. Still, you don’t see me going around starting shit.

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Brendaly N (Oct 14 2020 10:47AM) : Star and Kenya seem to be the opposite of eachother, Kenya is more outgoing/easy going while star likes to keep to her self
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lucas f (Oct 05 2020 2:03AM) : I think that the author chose to put in this sentence to establish Starr's self image.
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Zephyr W (Oct 10 2020 4:41AM) : Purpose more

This shows how Starr thinks everyone feels about her. They might not mind that she goes to a school far away because they still know her. But in her mind, they all think she’s the rich girl who thinks she’s better than them

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Estefani F (Oct 14 2020 11:09AM) : It is a bit to find friends and now more in this quarantine it is even more difficult.
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Jessica H (Oct 15 2020 10:17AM) : I agree. It’s a challenge to meet true friends even under normal circumstances, and right now it’s even more difficult.
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Dawry C (Nov 18 2020 10:30AM) : This shows how Starr thinks everyone feels about her. They might not mind that she goes to a school far away because they still know her. But in her mind, they all think she’s the rich girl who thinks she’s better than them.
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Estefani F (Oct 15 2020 10:26AM) : Kenya is the same as me because I am always fighting for anything.
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(Oct 15 2020 10:35AM) : I wonder how Starr feels about Kenya. She seems to like her spirit, her attitude about everything. Does she want to be more like that? Or is she happy taking a quieter position on things?
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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 11:00AM) : mhm so you are a troublesome girl too that's something new
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Estefani F (Oct 27 2020 10:33AM) : I'm not that troublesome, it's sometimes when I just get upset there if I'm very troublesome.
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Yeiro B (Oct 26 2020 10:56AM) : mhm so she is a troublesome girl that "always fighting somebody and quick to say her daddy will whoop somebody ass"
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Jude R (Nov 20 2020 10:36PM) : This is a set up for her fight she gets into later
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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 8:28PM) : starrs father is well respected in garden heights
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Like at Big D’s party, Kenya is giving Denasia Allen some serious stank-eye. I don’t remember much about Denasia, but I remember that she and Kenya haven’t liked each other since fourth grade. Tonight, Denasia’s dancing with some guy halfway across the room and paying no attention to Kenya. But no matter where we move, Kenya spots Denasia and glares at her. And the thing about the stank-eye is at some point you feel it on you, inviting you to kick some ass or have your ass kicked.

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 10:34AM) : i think she's mad at her because of the stank-eyes
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Dawry C (Nov 18 2020 10:36AM) : i think she mad at her because denasia allen some serious stank-eye.
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Estefani F (Oct 15 2020 10:32AM) : I imagine Denasia and Kenia were friend when they are younger but for some reason they stopped talking.
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“Ooh! I can’t stand her,” Kenya seethes. “The other day, we were in line in the cafeteria, right? And she behind me, talking out the side of her neck. She didn’t use my name, but I know she was talking ’bout me, saying I tried to get with DeVante.”

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 10:39AM) : i think she getting tire of kenia because she be talking out the side of people neck
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“For real?” I say what I’m supposed to. “Uh-huh. I don’t want him.”

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“I know.” Honestly? I don’t know who DeVante is. “So what did you do?”

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“What you think I did? I turned around and asked if she had a problem with me. Ol’ trick, gon’ say, ‘I wasn’t even talking about you,’ knowing she was! You’re so lucky you go to that white-people school and don’t have to deal with hoes like that.”

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Ain’t this some shit? Not even five minutes ago, I was stuck-up because I go to Williamson. Now I’m lucky? “Trust me, my school has hoes too. Hoedom is universal.”

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“Watch, we gon’ handle her tonight.” Kenya’s stank-eye reaches its highest level of stank. Denasia feels its sting and looks right at Kenya. “Uh-huh,” Kenya confirms, like Denasia hears her. “Watch.”

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 11:47AM) : i think this means that kenya cab't handle herself no more she just wanna explode and say something to the other girl.
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“Hold up. We? That’s why you begged me to come to this party? So you can have a tag team partner?” She has the nerve to look offended. “It ain’t like you had nothing else to do! Or anybody else to hang out with. I’m doing your ass a favor.”

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Brendaly N (Oct 14 2020 10:50AM) : It’ seems like Kenya is not a good influence on star since she likes to get herself into trouble a lot and then she ends up dragging star into it
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Jessica H (Oct 14 2020 10:57AM) : Sounds like Star needs to use her emotional super powers... [Edited]
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Estefani F (Oct 15 2020 10:39AM) : Kenya is not a very good influence for other people because she wants to have problems with her long-time best friend and she saves want to have problems.
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(Oct 15 2020 10:41AM) : How do you feel about friends like this? Do you have friends who are "not a very good influence" but you still want to be their friend? How do you deal with that? What advice would you give to Starr?
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“Really, Kenya? You do know I have friends, right?”

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She rolls her eyes. Hard. Only the whites are visible for a few seconds. “Them li’l bougie girls from your school don’t count.”

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“They’re not bougie, and they do count.” I think. Maya and I are cool. Not sure what’s up with me and Hailey lately. “And honestly? If pulling me into a fight is your way of helping my social life, I’m good. Goddamn, it’s always some drama with you.”

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“Please, Starr?” She stretches the please extra long. Too long. “This what I’m thinking. We wait until she get away from DeVante, right? And then we . . .”

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My phone vibrates against my thigh, and I glance at the screen. Since I’ve ignored his calls, Chris texts me instead.

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Jude R (Oct 05 2020 6:29PM) : I think the purpose of including her ignoring chris texts is also about how she has to keep mountainview and garden heights seperate
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Jaden J (Oct 06 2020 9:51PM) : She probably got into an earlier conflict with Chris. [Edited]
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Zephyr W (Nov 19 2020 6:53PM) : idk more

This is our first introduction to Chris, and he can seem like sort of a jerk from the way Starr is talking about him at the party.

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Dawry C (Nov 23 2020 10:46AM) : I think the purpose of including her ignoring chris texts is also about how she has to keep mountainview and garden heights seperate and she not picking up the phone.
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Paul D (Oct 05 2020 3:04AM) : Purpose more

This is showing how Starr doesn’t consider Chris to be a character of importance while Chris seems to care more about Starr. This implies a lack of interest in boys or a restlessness at the current time.

Can we talk?

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I didn’t mean for it to go like that.

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Of course he didn’t. He meant for it to go a whole different way yesterday, which is the problem. I slip the phone in my pocket. I’m not sure what I wanna say, but I’d rather deal with him later.

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Jennifer M (Oct 02 2020 5:06PM) : Inference more

Starr is mad at Chris probably for something that he said or did. He knows it was wrong, that is why he texted her.

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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 8:29PM) : she is having relationship problems with her boyfriend
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Dawry C (Nov 23 2020 11:05AM) : she saying she dont want to talk to him
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“Kenya!” somebody shouts.

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This big, light-skinned girl with bone-straight hair moves through the crowd toward us. A tall boy with a black-and-blond Fro-hawk follows her. They both give Kenya hugs and talk about how cute she looks. I’m not even here.

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“Why you ain’t tell me you was coming?” the girl says, and sticks her thumb in her mouth. She’s got an overbite from doing that too. “You could’ve rode with us.”

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“Nah, girl. I had to go get Starr,” Kenya says. “We walked here together.” That’s when they notice me, standing not even half a foot from Kenya.

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The guy squints as he gives me a quick once-over. He frowns for a hot second, but I notice it. “Ain’t you Big Mav’s daughter who work in the store?”

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See? People act like that’s the name on my birth certificate. “Yeah, that’s me.”

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“Ohhh!” the girl says. “I knew you looked familiar. We were in third grade together. Ms. Bridges’s class. I sat behind you.”

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“Oh.” I know this is the moment I’m supposed to remember her, but I don’t. I guess Kenya was right— I really don’t know anybody. Their faces are familiar, but you don’t get names and life stories when you’re bagging folks’ groceries.

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 10:52AM) : mhm she she really admits that she really has no friends, only classmate that she seen at school
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I can lie though. “Yeah, I remember you.”

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“Girl, quit lying,” the guy says. “You know you don’t know her ass.”

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 4:56PM) : the guy's new she was lying i think because the guy's where w them back in school
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“‘Why you always lying?’” Kenya and the girl sing together. The guy joins in, and they all bust out laughing.

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“Bianca and Chance, be nice,” Kenya says. “This Starr’s first party. Her folks don’t let her go nowhere.”

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I cut her a side-eye. “I go to parties, Kenya.”

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“Have y’all seen her at any parties ’round here?” Kenya asks them. “Nope!”

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“Point made. And before you say it, li’l lame white-kid suburb parties don’t count.” Chance and Bianca snicker. Damn, I wish this hoodie could swallow me up somehow.

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“I bet they be doing Molly and shit, don’t they?” Chance asks me. “White kids love popping pills.” “And listening to Taylor Swift,” Bianca adds, talking around her thumb.

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Okay, that’s somewhat true, but I’m not telling them that. “Nah, actually their parties are pretty dope,” I say. “One time, this boy had J. Cole perform at his birthday party.”

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Zephyr W (Nov 19 2020 6:55PM) : Purpose more

This shows that Starr thinks of the people at Williamson as her friends, as she is defending them saying they have cool parties.

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“Damn. For real?” Chance asks. “Shiiit. Bitch, next time invite me. I’ll party with them white kids.” “Anyway,” Kenya says loudly. “We were talking ’bout running up on Denasia. Bitch over there

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Estefani F (Oct 15 2020 10:47AM) : Now Kenyan friends like to go to white children's parties because at their party they are going to see everything and I imagine they don't know anything yet. But I have a feeling that something bad is going to happen at the party.
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(Oct 15 2020 10:52AM) : What is it in the writing that gives you this feeling?
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Dawry C (Nov 23 2020 11:16AM) : summary more

she just want chance to invite next time they do a party and she also say that i can still party with those white kids

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dancing with DeVante.”

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“Ol’ trick,” Bianca says. “You know she been running her mouth ’bout you, right? I was in Mr. Donald’s class last week when Aaliyah told me—”

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Chance rolls his eyes. “Ugh! Mr. Donald.” “You just mad he threw you out,” Kenya says. “Hell yes!”

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“Anyway, Aaliyah told me—” Bianca begins.

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I get lost again as classmates and teachers that I don’t know are discussed. I can’t say anything. Doesn’t matter though. I’m invisible.

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Dawry C (Nov 24 2020 10:49AM) : what she saying is that she got lost and her classmates and teachers think that she is invisible.
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I feel like that a lot around here.

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In the middle of them complaining about Denasia and their teachers, Kenya says something about getting another drink, and the three of them walk off without me.

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Suddenly I’m Eve in the Garden after she ate the fruit—it’s like I realize I’m naked. I’m by myself at a party I’m not even supposed to be at, where I barely know anybody. And the person I do know just left me hanging.

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 11:09AM) : i think she just feel uncomfortable because the friend left her and she in this party by herself i think she fell insecure with all those people she didn't knew.
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William S (Oct 09 2020 3:46PM) : she doesnt feel like she should be in this place because she is never around these people
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Kyler O (Oct 05 2020 2:16AM) : Starr suddenly realizes that she is still in a place where she doesn't know anyone. This shows how uncomfortable she feels
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Dawry C (Nov 24 2020 11:15AM) : Summary [Edited] more
Starr suddenly realizes that she is still in a place where she doesn’t know anyone. This shows how uncomfortable she feels she wants to go home because she dont know nobody in there.

Kenya begged me to come to this party for weeks. I knew I’d be uncomfortable as hell, but every time I told Kenya no she said I act like I’m “too good for a Garden party.” I got tired of hearing that shit and decided to prove her wrong. Problem is it would’ve taken Black Jesus to convince my parents to let me come. Now Black Jesus will have to save me if they find out I’m here.

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Jude R (Nov 20 2020 10:37PM) : Because she goes to an all white school, Kenya thinks shes like too good for the Garden
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People glance over at me with that “who is this chick, standing against the wall by herself like an idiot?” look. I slip my hands into my pockets. As long as I play it cool and keep to myself, I should be fine. The ironic thing is though, at Williamson I don’t have to “play it cool”—I’m cool by default because I’m one of the only black kids there. I have to earn coolness in Garden Heights, and that’s more difficult than buying retro Jordans on release day.

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Halimah M (Nov 19 2020 11:38AM) : She feels like she needs to be a different person when shes at Williamson and when shes in Garden Heights.
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Dawry C (Nov 25 2020 10:44AM) : summery more

she feels like she dont wants to be there she wants to be a different person went she at the williamson and when she in garden heights

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Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black. “Starr!” a familiar voice says.

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Dawry C (Nov 25 2020 10:56AM) : why she saying is though to work with white kids?? [Edited] more

i think she saying that white kids sometimes could be annoying

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Dawry C (Nov 25 2020 10:58AM) : Opinion [Edited] more

I know what she means about that is really hard to be black in this country. I’ve seen police brutality on the news — the George Floyd killing for example.

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The sea of people parts for him like he’s a brown-skinned Moses. Guys give him daps, and girls crane their necks to look at him. He smiles at me, and his dimples ruin any G persona he has.

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lucas f (Oct 05 2020 2:07AM) : Comparing and Contrasting Starr and Kahlil in this setting more

Starr feels very uncomfortable and our of place at the party where as Kahlil seems to fit right in with everyone else there.

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Yeiro B (Oct 27 2020 11:16AM) : mhm so this means that she was in love with the boy
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Khalil is fine, no other way of putting it. And I used to take baths with him. Not like that, but way back in the day when we would giggle because he had a wee-wee and I had what his grandma called a wee-ha. I swear it wasn’t perverted though.

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He hugs me, smelling like soap and baby powder. “What’s up, girl? Ain’t seen you in a minute.” He lets me go. “You don’t text nobody, nothing. Where you been?”

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Yeiro B (Oct 29 2020 10:53AM) : i think they had a lot of not seen each other, and khalil told her that she "don't text nobody" like he was trying to have a conversation with her.
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“School and the basketball team keep me busy,” I say. “But I’m always at the store. You’re the one nobody sees anymore.”

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His dimples disappear. He wipes his nose like he always does before a lie. “I been busy.” Obviously. The brand-new Jordans, the crisp white tee, the diamonds in his ears. When you grow up

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in Garden Heights, you know what “busy” really means.

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Yeiro B (Oct 29 2020 11:01AM) : mhm he told her "you know what busy rally means " letting her know that he can said much about what he be doing.
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Jude R (Nov 20 2020 10:40PM) : You can tell she is implying that he is most likely in some shady stuff.
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Fuck. I wish he wasn’t that kinda busy though. I don’t know if I wanna tear up or smack him.

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Paul D (Oct 05 2020 3:06AM) : Inference more

Based on the context leading up to this, one can assume that “busy” means selling drugs on the street. Starr is very opposed to this most likely because she cares about Khalil and thinks that this life he has taken up is dangerous.

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Owen G (Nov 22 2020 8:55PM) : Why does Khalil sell drugs? more

I wonder if there is a reason that he needs to sell drugs or not.

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But the way Khalil looks at me with those hazel eyes makes it hard to be upset. I feel like I’m ten again, standing in the basement of Christ Temple Church, having my first kiss with him at Vacation Bible School. Suddenly I remember I’m in a hoodie, looking a straight-up mess . . . and that I actually have a boyfriend. I might not be answering Chris’s calls or texts right now, but he’s still mine and I wanna keep it that way.

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Estefani F (Oct 15 2020 11:01AM) : She doesn't respond to her boyfriend but is remembering when she had her first kiss with Khalil when they were in Bible school.
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(Oct 19 2020 10:42AM) : Nice summary! What does this show about Starr and her feelings about her boyfriend -- and her old friend? What does this show about Starr's character?
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Yeiro B (Oct 29 2020 11:12AM) : ooh so khalil was her first love when she was a little girl, and when she finally see him again she remember how it was her first kiss with khalil, make her feel like she was "ten standing in the basement of christ temple church, having my first kiss more

with him at vacation bible school" she feel back on time like for example her mind when to the vacation bible school i think because there was the first important kiss that she give in her live.

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“How’s your grandma?” I ask. “And Cameron?”

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“They a’ight. Grandma’s sick though.” Khalil sips from his cup. “Doctors say she got cancer or whatever.”

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Yeiro B (Nov 02 2020 10:25AM) : damn kenia might feel sad because her grandma's is sick though she probably have somehing else that is not cancer
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Jude R (Nov 20 2020 10:41PM) : His mom is dying and she feels bad.

“Damn. Sorry, K.”

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“Yeah, she taking chemo. She only worried ’bout getting a wig though.” He gives a weak laugh that doesn’t show his dimples. “She’ll be a’ight.”

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Zephyr W (Nov 19 2020 6:57PM) : Purpose more

Khalil tries to keep the mood light when talking about his grandma’s cancer, saying it’s going to be okay, but his weak laugh shows he is very worried about his grandma.

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It’s a prayer more than a prophecy. “Is your momma helping with Cameron?”

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“Good ol’ Starr. Always looking for the best in people. You know she ain’t helping.” “Hey, it was just a question. She came in the store the other day. She looks better.”

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Yeiro B (Nov 02 2020 10:35AM) : i think. more

I think people warry about khalil grandma’s because when she go outside people be seen thgat she getting better that she don’t look that sick no more but i think khalil is mad at the people the put his grandma to do things like asking for held to his grandma and thats the things he don’t like because she is kinda old.

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“For now,” says Khalil. “She claim she trying to get clean, but it’s the usual. She’ll go clean a few

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weeks, decide she wants one more hit, then be back at it. But like I said, I’m good, Cameron’s good, Grandma’s good.” He shrugs. “That’s all that matters.”

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“Yeah,” I say, but I remember the nights I spent with Khalil on his porch, waiting for his momma to come home. Whether he likes it or not, she matters to him too.

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The music changes, and Drake raps from the speakers. I nod to the beat and rap along under my breath. Everybody on the dance floor yells out the “started from the bottom, now we’re here” part. Some days, we are at the bottom in Garden Heights, but we still share the feeling that damn, it could be worse.

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Yeiro B (Nov 02 2020 10:49AM) : i think that kenia tryna say when she said "some day's we are at the bottom in garden heights, but we still share the feeling that damn , it could be worse. more

i think this means that the people from garden heights are not living that best live like they wanted because like kenia said" some days we are at the bottom" meaning the some of the day’s is a little big more difficult, even me to some day’s are boring worse then other day’s

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Khalil is watching me. A smile tries to form on his lips, but he shakes his head. “Can’t believe you still love whiny-ass Drake.”

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I gape at him. “Leave my husband alone!”

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“Your corny husband. ‘Baby, you my everything, you all I ever wanted,’” Khalil sings in a whiny voice. I push him with my shoulder, and he laughs, his drink splashing over the sides of the cup. “You know that’s what he sounds like!”

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Yeiro B (Nov 02 2020 10:58AM) : this means more

this means the her friend was trying make fun of drake by singing and sounding like him

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I flip him off. He puckers his lips and makes a kissing sound. All these months apart, and we’ve fallen back into normal like it’s nothing.

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Khalil grabs a napkin from the coffee table and wipes drink off his Jordans—the Three Retros. They came out a few years ago, but I swear those things are so fresh. They cost about three hundred dollars, and that’s if you find somebody on eBay who goes easy. Chris did. I got mine for a steal at one-fifty, but I wear kid sizes. Thanks to my small feet, Chris and I can match our sneakers. Yes, we’re that couple. Shit, we’re fly though. If he can stop doing stupid stuff, we’ll really be good.

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“I like the kicks,” I tell Khalil.

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“Thanks.” He scrubs the shoes with his napkin. I cringe. With each hard rub, the shoes cry for my help. No lie, every time a sneaker is cleaned improperly, a kitten dies.

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Yeiro B (Nov 02 2020 11:06AM) : mm she really love shoes like i do more

damn she’s probably tight because off what he did “scrubs the shoes with his napkin” meaning that that the shoes got kinda dirty.

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“Khalil,” I say, one second away from snatching that napkin. “Either wipe gently back and forth or dab. Don’t scrub. For real.”

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He looks up at me, smirking. “Okay, Ms. Sneakerhead.” And thank Black Jesus, he dabs. “Since you made me spill my drink on them, I oughta make you clean them.”

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“It’ll cost you sixty dollars.” “Sixty?” he shouts, straightening up.

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“Hell, yeah. And it would be eighty if they had icy soles.” Clear bottoms are a bitch to clean. “Cleaning kits aren’t cheap. Besides, you’re obviously making big money if you can buy those.”

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Khalil sips his drink like I didn’t say anything, mutters, “Damn, this shit strong,” and sets the cup on the coffee table. “Ay, tell your pops I need to holla at him soon. Some stuff going down that I need to talk to him ’bout.”

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“What kinda stuff?” “Grown folks business.”

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“Yeah, ’cause you’re so grown.”

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“Five months, two weeks, and three days older than you.” He winks. “I ain’t forgot.”

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A commotion stirs in the middle of the dance floor. Voices argue louder than the music. Cuss words fly left and right.

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My first thought? Kenya walked up on Denasia like she promised. But the voices are deeper than theirs.

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Pop! A shot rings out. I duck.

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Max S (Oct 10 2020 2:15AM) : summary more

I think Starr is probably scared right now because there are gunshots going off.

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(Oct 19 2020 10:42AM) : I would be scared, wouldn't you?
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Pop! A second shot. The crowd stampedes toward the door, which leads to more cussing and fighting since it’s impossible for everybody to get out at once.

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Khalil grabs my hand. “C’mon.”

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There are way too many people and way too much curly hair for me to catch a glimpse of Kenya. “But Kenya—”

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“Forget her, let’s go!”

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He pulls me through the crowd, shoving people out our way and stepping on shoes. That alone could get us some bullets. I look for Kenya among the panicked faces, but still no sign of her. I don’t try to see who got shot or who did it. You can’t snitch if you don’t know anything.

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Cars speed away outside, and people run into the night in any direction where shots aren’t firing off. Khalil leads me to a Chevy Impala parked under a dim streetlight. He pushes me in through the driver’s side, and I climb into the passenger seat. We screech off, leaving chaos in the rearview mirror.

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“Always some shit,” he mumbles. “Can’t have a party without somebody getting shot.”

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