Dear Justyce

Dear Justyce

by

Nic Stone

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Gabe is Quan’s younger half-brother; they share the same mother but his father is Dwight. Quan takes it upon himself to care for Gabe, who’s seven years younger, and Gabe’s older sister, Dasia. Gabe idolizes Quan, which can be annoying—but the desire to set a good example for Gabe motivates Quan to try to do well.

Gabe Quotes in Dear Justyce

The Dear Justyce quotes below are all either spoken by Gabe or refer to Gabe. 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:
Chapter 10: Dasia Quotes

“Gabe misses you,” his mama says, and she might as well have dropped a bucket of ice water on his head.

He’d get up and walk away if not for the fact that it’s his mama.

And beneath all his fury,
he still wants her to love him.

Related Characters: Mama (speaker), Quan Banks, Gabe
Page Number: 198
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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Gabe Character Timeline in Dear Justyce

The timeline below shows where the character Gabe 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)
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...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 a two-year-old... (full context)
Chapter 1: Doomed
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...At first, 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... (full context)
Chapter 2: Downhill
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...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 the rocket... (full context)
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...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 works—Dasia and... (full context)
Chapter 3: Disrespect
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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 a half,... (full context)
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...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 room now and hits... (full context)
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...since there’s a bit 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... (full context)
Chapter 4: Defiance
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...upset and Dwight will be impossible. Quan also wants to set a better example for Gabe. The cop asks Quan why he’s crying and says he’s not so tough now. When... (full context)
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...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 he can... (full context)
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...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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...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 deck of cards. (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 this has... (full context)
Chapter 10: Dasia
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...across from Mama. She looks tired and unwell. After a long silence, Mama says that Gabe misses Quan. Quan is furious, but he still wants Mama to love him. He asks... (full context)
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...here, but he already knows the answer—she didn’t want Quan to know. Mama says that Gabe does miss Quan. With a smile, Quan says he misses Gabe and will see him... (full context)
Chapter 11: Debt
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...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 job offer... (full context)
Snapshot: Two Young Men on a New (To Them) Playground
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...they look creepy, but Justyce insists this is the best spot from which to chaperone Gabe’s birthday party. Quan shakes his head. He’s shocked that Justyce chose to spend his spring... (full context)
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...The kids below snottily ask them to move, so Justyce and Quan jump down. Watching Gabe climb, Quan marvels that Gabe is 11—two years older than when Quan and Justyce met.... (full context)