“How I hated T. Ray, and the girls at school, but mostly myself for taking away my mother”
If August is the red heart on Mary's chest, Rosaleen is the fist.
Lily has been unhappy ever since she accidentally killed her mother. Though even then she is a kind and stubborn girl, who is now experiencing many emotions. She has a habit of lying a lot.
"You can hate me all you want,but she's the one who left you"
Rosaleen is Lily's care taker and surrogate mother. She is strong, loud, kind, loving, funny, and a stubborn woman.
"I'm tired of carrying around the weight of the world. I'm just going to lay it down now. It's my time to die and it's your time to live.Don't mess it up."
August is a kind,selfless, respected, wise, and educated woman. She is a beekeeper and loves all the bees even though they could sting you.
“Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about”
T-Ray is angry, heartless towards Lily, and abusive. Although he used to be kind and loving towards his (now deceased) wife,Deborah.
May is emotionally sensitive, she has a big heart, is a crybaby, and caring to anyone and towards animals/insects.
Zach is strong, smart, caring and sometimes angry. He cares about his friends and would not snitch on them even if he would get in trouble for it. He wants to be a lawyer to help people colored or not to have more rights.
We can’t think of changing our skin,” he said. “Change the world—that’s how we gotta think”