The daughter of King and Iesha, Kenya is also Seven’s half-sister and one of the few people in Garden Heights with whom Starr has remained close. Starr describes her as being pretty enough to be a model, with a flamboyant personality and love of drama. Kenya keeps Starr connected to the community and is the one who drags Starr to Big D’s party at the beginning of the novel. She frequently refers to Seven as “my brother” rather than “our brother” in front of Starr, a verbal tick stemming from fear that Seven is ashamed of her. When she learns Starr is the witness in Khalil’s case, she calls her out for not speaking up more on his behalf and for acting as though she is ashamed of her ties to Garden Heights. This criticism is a large part of what makes Starr eventually lean in to activism. Though she is King’s daughter, Kenya remains close with the Carters and helps DeVante escape after King beats him. King beats her as well, and she eventually moves in with her grandmother and little sister Lyric. Despite their differences, Kenya is a steady presence in Starr’s life and the two reaffirm their friendship at the end of the novel.
Kenya Character Timeline in The Hate U Give
The timeline below shows where the character Kenya appears in The Hate U Give. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...drinking, and smoking marijuana, and the environment is loud and hot. Starr is there with Kenya, a childhood friend. Kenya tells Starr to go dance, because people already think Starr feels... (full context)
...mamma”; Starr hates nicknames. Seven introduces them and Starr realizes this is the same DeVante Kenya fought over at Big D’s party. Seven tells DeVante he’s sorry about his brother, Dalvin. (full context)
...watched in the network’s history, and there is an outpouring of support for Starr online. Kenya texts her approval, but also says King is angry that Starr effectively snitched on him. (full context)
...tense at first as the two groups greet each other. Chris and DeVante slap palms. Kenya introduces herself to Chris and then compliments Maya on her sneakers; Maya jokes about never... (full context)
...invited to the party. Seven walks to the gate, followed by Starr, her parents, and Kenya. Seven greets his grandmother and little sister Lyric. Iesha, wearing a tight pink dress, angrily... (full context)