Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce

by

Nic Stone

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Dasia is Quan’s younger half-sister; they share the same mother, but her father is Dwight. Quan throws himself into caring for Dasia, who’s five years younger, and he also cares for her little brother, Gabe. To cope with their abusive home life, Dasia becomes prickly, snappy, and appears grown-up at a very young age. When Quan is either not there to protect her and Gabe or gets in trouble, Dasia is always lashes out in ways that make Quan feel horribly guilty. Dasia is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia while Quan is in prison. By the end of the novel, six months after Quan’s release, she’s doing well and seems on track to make a full recovery.

Dasia Quotes in Dear Justyce

The Dear Justyce quotes below are all either spoken by Dasia or refer to Dasia. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Crown Books edition of Dear Justyce published in 2020.
Chapter 1: Doomed Quotes

But then his lungs started to burn. Images of Dasia and Gabe popped into his head. He remembered telling Gabe he’d teach him how to play Uno when he got back from Daddy’s house this time. Little dude was four now and ready to learn.

Quan’s head swam.

Dasia would be waiting for Quan to polish her toenails purple. That was the prize he’d promised her if she aced her spelling test. And she did.

[...]

And Mama...

Dwight—

Related Characters: Quan Banks, Mrs. Pavlostathis, Dasia, Gabe, Daddy
Page Number: 21-22
Explanation and Analysis:
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground Quotes

“You miss [the rocket ship]?”

At first, Quan doesn’t respond. Because he really has to think about it. His eyes roam the always-clean park space. Touch on his mom [...] his sister [...] his brother [...] his best friend right beside him.

Only thing missing is his dad. But they write to each other weekly, and Quan’s been out to visit the old man a few times, so even that’s okay.

[...]

He smiles. “You know what, man? I don’t.”

“You don’t?”

“Nah,” Quan says. “No need to go to outer space.”

[...]

“Everything I need is right here.”

Related Characters: Quan Banks (speaker), Justyce (speaker), Mama, Daddy, Dasia, Gabe
Related Symbols: The Rocket Ship
Page Number: 253
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dasia Character Timeline in Dear Justyce

The timeline below shows where the character Dasia appears in Dear Justyce. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Snapshot: Two Boys on a Brand-New Playground (2010)
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Identity, Support, and Community Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...a hard choice for Quan to decide to run away. He feels bad about leaving Dasia and Gabe, but Quan is only nine and can’t run away with a four-year-old and... (full context)
Chapter 1: Doomed
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...it was easy to let the water envelop him. But then Quan remembered Gabe and Dasia. He shot up out of the tub, just as he shoots up now off of... (full context)
Chapter 2: Downhill
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...He stays focused by controlling what he can and ignoring everything else. He cares for Dasia and Gabe, and whenever they go to the playground, Quan cleans nasty things out of... (full context)
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Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...“stays focused.” He stays focused when Dwight smashes things, when Mama asks Quan to get Dasia and Gabe ready for school, and when he notices the bruises under Mama’s makeup. It... (full context)
Chapter 3: Disrespect
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
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The “First Time” Quan does “it,” he, Dasia, and Gabe are hungry. Dwight has been living with the family for a year and... (full context)
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...she can use her arm. Quan apologizes, his guilt growing. In his bedroom, he finds Dasia cradling a sleeping Gabe in the closet. Dasia spits that she can go to her... (full context)
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Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
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...of food. But by the sixth day, things are dire. After Gabe goes to bed, Dasia settles on the couch and insists she’s hungry. Quan goes to the local corner store,... (full context)
Chapter 4: Defiance
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...relative of Daddy’s, and Quan isn’t sure if Dwight even has family to take in Dasia and Gabe. He’s sure that Aunt Tiff won’t want them. It seems like there’s nothing... (full context)
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...ship, counting money as another guy ran away one of the last times he took Dasia and Gabe to the playground. (full context)
Chapter 5: Delinquent
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...she’s been cold and distant. She won’t speak to him except in one-word answers, and Dasia mimics her. Gabe, heartbreakingly, seems afraid of Quan now. Quan is alone because of a... (full context)
Chapter 6: Disclose
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One night, as usual, Dwight goes on a drunken rampage. Quan hides Dasia and Gabe and has to flash his pistol to keep Dwight off of him. When... (full context)
Chapter 10: Dasia
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
...what’s going on, knowing if he says more it won’t be nice. Mama says that Dasia was just diagnosed with leukemia. Quan tries to speak, but Mama spills the whole story... (full context)
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Quan knows Mama won’t look at him again. He asks if Dasia knows Mama is here, but he already knows the answer—she didn’t want Quan to know.... (full context)
Chapter 11: Debt
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...hopeless. He wonders if Doc knows about the odd letter Mama sent, saying that she, Dasia, and Gabe are moving to the suburbs. Doc might know that Liberty turned down a... (full context)
August 27
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...head up, but it’s getting harder. Quan did talk to Mama the other day, though. Dasia’s hair is starting to grow back, and he wishes she could share some of her... (full context)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground
Justice, Racial Bias, and Growing Up Theme Icon
Family, Loyalty, and Belonging Theme Icon
Survival, Poverty, and Violence Theme Icon
...for a minute. He looks around at the clean park, at Mama laughing, and at Dasia on the swings with a boy. Gabe is having a great birthday, and Quan has... (full context)