In the beginning of the book , Calrice and Deza are at their school when Deza gets second place on her quiz for the first time. It was the last day before summer.
After school, Deza and Clarice walk home in their small town; Gary, Indiana where the first half of the book takes place. Deza is still sad.
When Deza gets home her and her family eat dinner, during Dinner her older brother Jimmie confesses to stealing a pie off of a white ladys window seal. Their parents are mad so they go into the other room to talk.