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In The Hate U Give, how does Thomas use hip-hop as a major theme?

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The Hate U Give is the 2017 debut novel of author Angie Thomas and centers on a black teenage girl, Starr Carter, from a poor ghetto neighborhood who encounters racism and discrimination while attending a primarily white private school in a wealthier part of the city.

Throughout the story, Thomas makes references to specific hip-hop songs that are, thanks to the modern setting of the story and recent publishing of the book, easily accessible to the young adult audience it was written for. She uses hip-hop as a reflection of both the black experience in America and how that...

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