Summary: Chapter 5
Lisa drives Starr and Sekani to school and encourages Starr to call if she needs to come home early. Starr takes a moment to get into the mindset she needs at Williamson. She cannot use slang or be confrontational, or else other students will stereotype her.
Starr meets up with her friends Hailey and Maya, and they talk about Hailey’s spring break. Hailey complains about her trip to the Bahamas. Starr silently laments that while her friends had exciting spring breaks, she watched a friend get shot. Maya jokes that Hailey spent the entire vacation texting her, and Starr wonders why Hailey texted Maya but not her. Hailey has been acting distant toward Starr ever since unfollowing Starr’s Tumblr blog after Starr reblogged a post about Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old black boy who was lynched by a mob after allegedly whistling at a white woman.
Because of the emotional fallout from Khalil’s murder, Starr misses Chris. Starr had initially gotten angry at Chris because he took out a condom while they made out. She previously told Chris she was not ready for sex because of her fear of getting pregnant, and so was angry at him for having a condom. In the present, Chris explains that he wanted to be prepared if Starr changed her mind, but did not want to pressure her. Chris begins to rap the theme to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which has been their song since they started dating. Starr and Chris once discussed how they loved that Will stayed himself in Bel-Air, and Starr lamented that she couldn’t be herself at Williamson. When Chris asked why and called her “Fresh Princess,” Starr decided she could be herself with him. However, she has not told Chris about Natasha’s death because she does not want him to see her as fragile.
As Chris continues to rap, he grabs Starr’s hands. She has a flashback to Khalil’s murder, and flinches as she realizes that both One-Fifteen and Chris are white. She begins to cry. Chris tries to apologize.
Seven picks Sekani and Starr up from school, and they bring food to Lisa at the clinic where she works. As they prepare to eat, Brenda, Khalil’s mother, enters, crying about Khalil. Lisa tells Brenda that she has to get treatment for her drug addiction and asks Starr to get her some food. Starr angrily argues that Brenda shouldn’t get to be upset because she wasn’t a good mother to Khalil. Lisa scolds Starr, reminding her that no matter what, Khalil was Brenda’s son. Chastised, Starr gets an extra-large plate of food for Brenda.
Summary: Chapter 6
Starr panics as she and Lisa enter the police station. She keeps noticing the guns the police officers carry and remembering the night of Khalil’s death. Lisa almost decides to bring Starr home, but Starr insists she wants to continue. As the detectives, Gomez and Wilkes, enter, Starr remembers the rules for dealing with the police.
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