Characterization in The Hate U Give

Characterization in books/stories are super important for the reader. It can be difficult as an author to make sure the reader thinks of a character a certain way. The author only can use words to do this, which adds another level of difficulty. The author of the book “The Hate U Give”, does a really nice job characterizing the people in his book.

The main character/narrator of the book is Starr Carter. She is described as a black girl who attends a primarily white school, called Williamson Prep. She used to go to a black school called Garden Heights. She still stays in touch with her friends from her old school. Starr is perceived in my eyes, from the way the author describes her, as a crowd pleaser. She seems to always have nice things to say, and also seems to hang out with people that maybe aren’t the nicest to her and doesn’t mind. She seems like a genuinely good girl with good intentions. The author opened the book with Starr at a party with some of her old friends. Starr never hesitates to talk to someone she hasn’t seen in awhile. She was checking up on friends and seeing how they were doing the whole party. When the party heard gunshots, Starr ran to the car with one of her old friends named Khalil. When she was in the car she immediately thought of her friend she went to the party with, and texted her to make sure she was okay. The author does a great job making sure I, the reader, have good thoughts about Starr and makes sure i really know what’s going on in her head. When I know what’s going on in someone’s head, you truly know who someone is. But it’s hard to say what going to happen next in the story with her. It seems like nothing could go wrong with her, she’s nice, friendly, popular. I think the author is really focusing on her good side so he can expose who she really is down the line. I think we are going to watch Starr grow and come to some big realizations in this book. It makes sense with the plot diagram. The story starts off a certain way, there’s a conflict, and then the author leaves the reader on a cliff note, OR they leave you feeling just the way you felt when you started the book. I’m waiting to get to know Starr even more.

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