The story is set in an American city on the sidewalk near a bus stop, in present day. The protagonist and narrator is quite a rebel and does not like to be told what to do. She is confident in herself and thinks she is above others as shown in 'I wanna be me. Ain't nothing wrong with that.' However, she seems a little bit insecure about her looks.
The protagonist describes the other girls who waits with her at the bus stop as 'plain and pitiful'. She doesn't know their names, but acts hateful towards them because of one other girl who looks like a girl her boyfriend cheated on her with. This shows that the protagonist is petty and unforgiving, as shown in the phrase '...I don't even know their names. But I hate 'em just the same...'
We are introduced to the boyfriend and antagonist, Raheem. As shown in, 'Raheem's hand smashes the word back into my mouth' Raheem is a violent and abusive person, especially towards his girlfriend. '...I apologise just like my momma does when daddy slaps her...' This is called Catch 22 , a phrase describing a situation where an individual can not escape from a cycle of things like abuse and violence.
Raheem convinces his girlfriend to board the bus to go to school without him. She climbs on the bus, and as always, she forgives him even though he mentally and physically abuses her. However, she finds herself looking out the window of the bus to see Raheem and the girl with red hair kissing. As shown in 'Raheem's all up in her face. Sunglasses off.'
The protagonist tries to get off the bus but the driver wouldn't open the door. Instead of calling him or trying her best to get off, she chose to ignore the fact that he cheated and decided to wait until she seems him again in the evening. As shown in '...when I see him I'll make him something nice to eat...', this tells us that she decides to just completely forget about what she just saw.
The protagonist accepts the fact she isn't as beautiful as the other girls, as shown in '...Raheem's all up in her...he's really cute you can't expect to keep him on a short leash...' This tells me that the protagonist is very blinded by love and is oblivious to the fact that her boyfriend is very toxic and abusive.