The Crossover

by

Kwame Alexander

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Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis Character Analysis

Miss Sweet Tea is a new girl at Josh and JB's school. She's beautiful and often wears pink Reeboks. All the boys are taken with her, but she's especially interested in JB. At first, Miss Sweet Tea is nice to Josh as well but after Josh throws the ball at JB and nearly breaks his nose, she starts treating him with disdain and disgust. Though Josh remains attracted to her throughout the novel, he refers to her at this point as "the girl who stole my brother" and blames her exclusively for the fact that JB won't forgive him. Josh's narration implies that he thinks of Miss Sweet Tea as more of an object of attraction than a full human in her own right; he doesn't mention her given name, Alexis, until a passage that implies that she's the one speaking her name. This begins to change when Josh learns that Miss Sweet Tea also loves basketball and, most importantly, has a sister who attends Duke, the college that Josh would like to attend one day. They make up in the end when Josh accepts her invitation to a college basketball game and simultaneously accepts that she's an important part of JB's life.

Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis Quotes in The Crossover

The The Crossover quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis or refer to Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis. 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 Houghton Mifflin edition of The Crossover published in 2014.
First Quarter Quotes

I'm not paying attention
to anything he's saying
or to the dummy

because
I'm watching Jordan pass notes
to Miss Sweet Tea. And I
wonder what's in the notes.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:
Second Quarter Quotes

Identical twins
are no different
from everyone else,
except we look and
sometimes sound
exactly alike.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 105
Explanation and Analysis:

JB comes running out of the bathroom.
What'd she say, Josh? Come on, tell me.

She said she likes me a lot, I tell him.
You mean she likes me a lot? he asks.

Yeah...
that's what I meant.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB (speaker), Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 109
Explanation and Analysis:
Third Quarter Quotes

You're twins, not the same person.
But that doesn't mean he has to stop loving me.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Mom (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 140
Explanation and Analysis:
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Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis Character Timeline in The Crossover

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis appears in The Crossover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
First Quarter
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...throws, while Josh yells that he can dunk. A girl they've never seen before ( Miss Sweet Tea ) walks up to their table. The way JB looks at her is embarrassing. When... (full context)
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...and JB. Josh does his and JB's vocabulary homework while Vondie and JB debate whether Miss Sweet Tea is hot or cute. Josh doesn't mind doing JB's homework; he loves English and owes... (full context)
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...and appeal. He says that every guy in the cafeteria is trying to flirt with Miss Sweet Tea because she's pulchritudinous. He says that though he's never had a girlfriend, if he did,... (full context)
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After we win. After the game, Josh notices Miss Sweet Tea shooting baskets at the other court. He wonders if she actually plays. JB goes over... (full context)
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The new girl. After the game, Miss Sweet Tea approaches Josh and compliments him on his dunk. She asks if he'll be at the... (full context)
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...JB listens to his iPod while he reads, so he doesn't hear Josh ask if Miss Sweet Tea is his girlfriend. JB insists he's listening to classical music, but Josh thinks it sounds... (full context)
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...busy taking his vocabulary test when JB passes Josh a note to pass along to Miss Sweet Tea , who sits in front. The window is cracked, so Josh watches the wind blow... (full context)
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...pay any attention to his teacher or the dummy and instead he watches JB and Miss Sweet Tea pass notes. He wonders what's in them, but is interrupted when the teacher invites Josh... (full context)
Second Quarter
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...Though JB nods, he continues to type on the computer. Josh figures he's chatting with Miss Sweet Tea . Josh knows that JB hears him, but he thinks that JB is just listening... (full context)
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...to Dad and says that JB is acting weird: he's smiling, he gets spacey when Miss Sweet Tea is around, and he's stealing Dad's cologne and wearing loafers to school. Josh asks Dad... (full context)
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...that JB spends all his time showing off, but he's too shy to talk to Miss Sweet Tea . (full context)
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Phone Conversation (I Sub for JB). Josh tells Alexis that he's JB and then asks her about her sisters. She says that she's the... (full context)
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When Alexis asks when JB is going to introduce her to his parents and if she's his... (full context)
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...sick, so Josh feels very alone when he watches JB saunter into the cafeteria holding Miss Sweet Tea 's hand. (full context)
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Boy walks into a room. JB and Miss Sweet Tea walk over slowly. JB greets Josh by calling him Filthy McNasty, which he does all... (full context)
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...since he usually walks with JB. He bounces his basketball and wonders what JB and Miss Sweet Tea are doing. Josh goes to the library to work on his report on The Giver,... (full context)
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...Teen Fiction section and finds The Giver. As Josh pulls out the book, he sees Miss Sweet Tea and JB kissing and understands what the librarian was talking about. (full context)
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...how his hair feels, he can't sleep mostly because JB is on the phone with Miss Sweet Tea . They giggle and Josh listens to JB tell Miss Sweet Tea that she's the... (full context)
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...plan: he's going to talk to JB about how he's spending all his time with Alexis and ignoring him and Dad. However, Josh's plan is thwarted when he hears a car... (full context)
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...shine, and listen to the crowd cheer for his brother. He saw JB wink at Miss Sweet Tea after a free throw. Finally, during the second half, things started to go according to... (full context)
Third Quarter
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...play and win a basketball game. He volunteers at the library, eats alone, and avoids Miss Sweet Tea . During practice, he cleans the garage and does his best to make up for... (full context)
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...to pour forth in great quantity. JB, for example, gets nervous and sweats profusely when Miss Sweet Tea is around. The team has also thanked JB profusely for leading them to the playoffs.... (full context)
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...Most of Josh's classmates congratulate him on being selected the MVP by the Daily News. Miss Sweet Tea , however, yells at Josh that he's mean and doesn't deserve the distinction, especially after... (full context)
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...and after a moment of silence, everyone laughs. Mom and Dad ask JB to bring Miss Sweet Tea to dinner so they can get to know her. JB responds to Mom and Dad,... (full context)
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...and tofu salad. However, the salad isn't as cruel as the look he receives from Miss Sweet Tea . (full context)
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The girl who stole my brother. Josh decides that he's now going to call Miss Sweet Tea "The girl who stole my brother." Maddeningly, when she comes for dinner, she asks for... (full context)
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Things I Learn at Dinner. Josh learns all sorts of things about Miss Sweet Tea at dinner. She's been to a girls' Nike Hoops camp and can name a bunch... (full context)
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...Vondie, to say hi to Miss Sweet Tea (whom she calls by her real name, Alexis), and that she thinks Dad's okay. Mom amends this and says Dad is fine. Dad... (full context)
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...and makes a basket. JB is playing splendidly and Josh feels like he, Coach, and Miss Sweet Tea are JB's "choir." Josh cheers as JB leads the Wildcats to victory and earns them... (full context)
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...used to be close to, like a friend or a loved one. Josh thinks that Miss Sweet Tea 's divorced parents are estranged. He thinks that when he threw the ball at JB,... (full context)
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...the phone since Mom is decorating the tree and Dad is outside shooting free throws. Miss Sweet Tea asks if she can speak to JB, but Josh explains that he's busy. Josh realizes... (full context)
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...and hits Josh in the chest with the ball--Josh was distracted while watching JB and Miss Sweet Tea holding hands. Dad tells "Filthy" to pay attention but corrects himself to say "Josh" instead.... (full context)
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...stumbles. People scream and then stand still. Dad falls, his eyes roll, and Josh screams. Miss Sweet Tea calls 911 while JB brings water and splashes it on Dad's face. Dad doesn't stir.... (full context)
Fourth Quarter
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...JB doesn't talk about basketball, cut Josh's hair and didn't care, and is always with Miss Sweet Tea . Josh feels empty without his locks and thinks that CPR doesn't work. He reasons... (full context)
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...one more game and is afraid that Dad is dying. Suddenly, Josh sees JB and Miss Sweet Tea behind the Wildcats' bench. JB is crying. The whistle blows and Josh has the ball.... (full context)
Overtime
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...Josh to pick up the ringing phone. It's Miss Sweet Tea, whom Josh now calls Alexis. She apologizes for not being at the funeral, which makes Josh confirm that she knows... (full context)
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...of sweet potato pie. She also asks where JB is. Josh says she's probably with Miss Sweet Tea , thinking that if he had a girlfriend, he'd be with her too. However, Josh... (full context)