D comes into the lives of two 12 year old girls in Queens one summer day. She is a foster kid and gets to roam all over the city unlike the girls who are restricted to their block. They bond over their mutual love of Tupac and their sorrow over his death. Two years later D’s mom comes back and claims D again. Suddenly she is exits their lives as quickly as she entered.
This small book is packed full of issues: racism, foster system, homophobia, prison, family. All these issues are handled as part of everyday life for the girls. They see these things every day on their block and have to figure out how to deal with them. I liked the realism of this book. These are just ordinary girls doing ordinary things, but Woodson does a fabulous job in making their story interesting.