" How I hate T-Ray and the girls at school , but mostly myself for taking away my mother." pg 71
" I'm leaving now. You tell your daddy I'm going out to town to tommorow instead of coming here." pg 26
T - Ray
You'd picked it up off the floor. Then it just went off , she left you."pg 19
Lily is 14 year old girl who is struggling with her's mothers death. she lives with her sensitive father in Sylvan Texas.
Rosaleen is Lily's and T-Rays house keeper. She is colored and she gets beat up and put into jail for standing up for herself. Lily helps her escape and make there way to Tiberon
" But shes white, August." pg87
T- Ray is Lily's abusive father and all his life blames Lily for the death of her mother. T- Ray gives Lily hard punishments and doesn't show any love or affection for her
" We can't be together now, Lily, but one day, after I've gone away and become somebody, Ill find you and be together again" pg 231
August has three sisters named June and May but April died of commiting suicide. She is African American and she is so loving, caring and forgiving. She took care of LIly's mother in the past but now she is taking care of Lily who is trying to find her mother.
" Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going inside a bee's life." pg 148
June is August and May's sister. She is African American and she has a hate for Lily because she is white. She is cruel and mean to Lily and she refuses to marry Neal because she is afraid of her wedding day of the past. along the story her mood towards Lily changes and accepts her and she finally agrees to marry Neil.
Zach is an African American teen and he wants to become a lawyer. He believes black people could be become more than just athletes. Zach meets Lily and begins to have some feelings for her and Lily does the same. They know they can't be together because of there skin color but Zach still tells her she cares about Lily.