Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce

by

Nic Stone

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Brad Character Analysis

Brad is a white boy in Black Jihad. He wears his hair in fuzzy locs that Quan and Justyce both think look awful, and he has a grill that spells his name. He befriends Jared when Jared accompanies Justyce to speak to Martel, and the two maintain their relationship as Jared and Justyce tutor members of Black Jihad.

Brad Quotes in Dear Justyce

The Dear Justyce quotes below are all either spoken by Brad or refer to Brad. 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:
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Crown Books edition of Dear Justyce published in 2020.
April 24; Snapshot: A Postscript (Present Day) Quotes

I guess I didn’t realize just how big of a difference it could make to have somebody really believe in you. I been thinking a lot about Trey and Mar and Brad and them. We were all looking for the same things, man—support, protection, family, that type of shit. And we found SOME of it in one another, but we couldn’t really give each other no type of encouragement to do nothing GOOD because nobody was really giving US any. Matter fact, we typically got the opposite. People telling us how “bad” we were. Constantly looking at us like they expected only the worst.

How the hell’s a person supposed to give something they ain’t never had?

Related Characters: Quan Banks (speaker), Justyce, Martel, Trey, Brad, DeMarcus
Page Number: 133
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Brad Character Timeline in Dear Justyce

The timeline below shows where the character Brad appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Disclose
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...this has happened before, Quan has just gone for a walk or to hang with Brad and DeMarcus. But instead of going to Brad’s, Quan changes his mind. He takes a... (full context)
Chapter 7: Disaster
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...so he’s chatty. He seems annoyed that Quan is in a hurry, but just then Brad races in. Brad says that the cops rolled by; this means they’ll come back and... (full context)
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
Trey pops the hatch of Martel’s Range Rover and sits in it. He instructs Brad to stand on the left, Quan to take the right, and DeMarcus to stand next... (full context)
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
The cop car turns the corner and Brad, apparently having lost a bet, gives Trey money. The cruiser pulls across the driveway and... (full context)
April 24; Snapshot: A Postscript (Present Day)
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
...would make such a difference to have someone to believe in him. Trey, DeMarcus, and Brad were all looking for support, protection, and family, but nobody gave them that so they... (full context)
Snapshot: A Black Boy (and a White Boy) Visits a Black Man (and a White Boy)
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...of Trey, he remembers Jared’s ill-fated Halloween experiment two years ago. Trey greets Justyce warmly. Brad comes out of the house with a grin. Secretly, Justyce wonders if one of these... (full context)
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
...a friend like him and tells him to leave. Outside, Justyce finds Jared, Trey, and Brad laughing about keg stands and college. Justyce feels free. (full context)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground
Choices vs. Fate Theme Icon
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...was at Martel’s the other day to help DeMarcus with an essay, and Jared and Brad took the opportunity to joke like brothers. Quan sighs. Months ago, Justyce shared the story... (full context)