What are the reasons that Starr gives for why she should not be at Big D’s spring break party in The Hate U Give?

Starr says that she should not be at Big D's spring break party in The Hate U Give because she doesn't belong there. There are just some places where it's not enough for Starr to be herself, and Big D's spring break party is one of those places.



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Starr turns up at Big D's legendary spring break party. But as soon as she steps through the door, she wishes she hadn't. Truth be told, she doesn't feel like she even belongs there.

And to some extent, she doesn't. Starr is different from the other guests at the party in that she attends an elite prep school where virtually all the students are white, so she feels so completely out of place.

To make matters worse, Starr is regarded by just about everyone as full of herself—or, as he friend Kenya puts it,

People already say you think you all that.

Kenya thinks that Starr is acting in a stuck-up way because she goes to a posh school. This is the kind of stuff that Starr's been hearing for years, and she can only respond to Kenya's charge with an exasperated “whatever.”

There's clearly a large cultural gap between Starr and the other guests that makes her attendance at the party a deeply uncomfortable experience. Other than the color of her skin, Starr doesn't have a whole lot in common with the other guests.

As Starr reflects, there are just some places where it's not enough to be herself, and Big D's spring break party is one of them. No wonder she can't enjoy herself.

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