The Hate U Give

Hailey Grant Character Analysis

Hailey is Starr’s oldest friend at Williamson, the two having grown close when Hailey’s mother died of cancer around same time that Natasha was killed. Their friendship unravels over the course of the novel, however. First, Hailey unfollows Starr’s Tumblr account after the latter posts a picture of Emmett Till, a black teen murdered for whistling at a white woman in the 1950s. Hailey’s racism then becomes increasingly apparent throughout the story. She dismisses Khalil as a drug dealer and thug who the world is better off without, leading to a physical altercation with Starr. Though Hailey tries to make up with Starr, she fails to admit to or apologize for her racism. At the end of the novel, Starr decides to cut Hailey out of her life entirely.

Hailey Grant Quotes in The Hate U Give

The The Hate U Give quotes below are all either spoken by Hailey Grant or refer to Hailey Grant. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Collins edition of The Hate U Give published in 2017.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Hailey texted me immediately after, freaking out. I thought it was because she couldn't believe someone would do that to a kid. No. She couldn't believe I would reblog such an awful picture.

Related Characters: Starr Carter (speaker), Hailey Grant
Page Number: 77
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Hustle! Pretend the ball is some fried chicken. Bet you'll stay on it then.”

Related Characters: Hailey Grant (speaker), Starr Carter
Page Number: 111
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The drug dealer. That's how they see him. It doesn't matter that he's suspected of doing it. “Drug dealer” is louder than “suspected” ever will be.

If it's revealed that I was in the car, what will that make me? The thug ghetto girl with the drug dealer? What will my teachers think about me? My friends? The whole fucking world, possibly?

Related Characters: Starr Carter (speaker), Khalil Harris, Hailey Grant, Maya Yang
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 14 Quotes

That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?

Related Characters: Starr Carter (speaker), Hailey Grant, Maya Yang
Page Number: 252
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Chapter 20 Quotes

Hailey hands me two pictures. One is Khalil's thugshot, as Daddy calls it. One of the pictures they've shown on the news. Hailey printed it off the internet. Khalil wears a smirk, gripping a handful of money and throwing up a sideways peace sign.

The other picture, he's twelve. I know because I'm twelve in it too. It's my birthday party at this laser tag place downtown. Khalil's on one side of me, shoveling strawberry cake into his mouth, and Hailey's on my other side, grinning for the camera along with me.

Related Characters: Starr Carter (speaker), Khalil Harris, Hailey Grant
Page Number: 339
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Hailey Grant Character Timeline in The Hate U Give

The timeline below shows where the character Hailey Grant appears in The Hate U Give. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...has been ignoring. She wonders if she should call her other Williamson friends Maya and Hailey. Then she recalls inviting them to a sleepover years earlier, that Hailey’s parents wouldn’t let... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...that other students assumed she and Ryan would date because both are black. They find Hailey, Starr’s oldest friend at Williamson, and other members of the basketball team. As her friends... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...for lunch in the cafeteria, much to Starr’s delight. In gym class, Starr sits between Hailey and Maya and scoffs at a girls vs. boys basketball game in which the girls... (full context)
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Hailey drags Starr and Maya onto the basketball court to play. Starr doesn’t really want to... (full context)
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Hailey and Maya ask if the Khalil they heard about on the news was the same... (full context)
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Hailey then asks Starr if she is upset because of the anniversary of Natasha’s death, reminding... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...next day at Williamson things are eerily quiet. Starr asks what is going on, and Hailey reveals that her brother, Remy, is starting a protest for Khalil simply to get out... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...Starr leaves and walks to Maya’s house nearby. Maya is excited to see Starr, but Hailey, who is also there, remains cold. After a brief time playing video games, Hailey cuts... (full context)
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After the interview Hailey expresses sympathy for One-Fifteen, asserting that “his life matters too.” Starr is appalled by her... (full context)
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After Hailey has gone, Maya says that Hailey was lying: she did unfollow Starr’s Tumblr because she... (full context)
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Maya tells Starr that after Thanksgiving their freshman year, Hailey asked Maya, who is Chinese, whether her family “ate cat.”  Maya says Starr had looked... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Starr starts to open up about the tension with Hailey, though she leaves out the specific details. Lisa says she never liked the way Starr... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Maya finds Starr and says that she asked Hailey about the “cat” comment, but Hailey refused to apologize. Hailey has stopped speaking to both... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Starr sees Maya and Hailey talking outside Hailey’s locker. Hailey has a smug expression on her face and calls Starr... (full context)
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Hailey calls Starr a liar for pretending not to know Khalil, and demands an apology for... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...about never running in them, and she and Kenya laugh. When Kenya asks where “blondie”—a.k.a. Hailey—is, Maya excitedly launches into the story of Starr’s fight. Kenya eats the story up, and... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...together; their backgrounds are simply too different. She says Chris should be with someone like Hailey. Chris tries to comfort Starr, but she feels he just doesn’t understand and drops it.... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Hailey texts Starr to say that she is sorry—for the verdict and that Starr is upset... (full context)