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""My throat. Did I eat the plate without knowing? Did the pointy fingers of the fork break off? Did I swallow them, so now plastic nails were poking the inside of my neck? I never, ever, ever talked about my father in public.""
Patina (Track) - Jason Reynolds

This quote explains how Patina doesn't know how to respond when a girl who is sitting next to her asks her a question about her dad. Patina never talks about her dad who passed away other than with her family. So when Becca asks her if her dad still makes beets she gets a lump in her throat and struggles to give an answer. She is blindsided and tries to find a response.