The Hate U Give

Mr. Lewis is an older gentleman who owns the barbershop next to Maverick’s store and is a frequent source of annoyance for the latter. Mr. Lewis snitches on King on live television and is later beaten up by King Lords. At the end of the story he retires and gives his store to Maverick so that Maverick can continue to be a good influence on Garden Heights.
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Mr. Lewis Character Timeline in The Hate U Give

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Lewis 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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...the family store. Starr notes the familiar neighborhood faces opening up their own business nearby. Mr. Lewis , who owns the barbershop next door, scolds Maverick for replacing a photograph of Martin... (full context)
Chapter 11
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After school, Starr sees Mr. Lewis standing outside Maverick’s store and preparing to give an on-camera interview. Maverick says it is... (full context)
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Maverick calls Mr. Lewis crazy after the interview for snitching on television, insisting he is “a dead man walking.”... (full context)
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A police car with two officers shows up and they approach Maverick and Mr. Lewis . An officer named Larry, who is black, accuses Maverick of harassing Mr. Lewis, a... (full context)
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...the others go inside the store. Maverick slams his fists on the counter in anger. Mr. Lewis , no longer at odds with Maverick, tries to comfort him, while Sekani asks his... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...late, explaining that he had to get DeVante situated at the shop to watch over Mr. Lewis , fearing King’s retaliation for Mr. Lewis’s snitching in his TV interview. (full context)
Chapter 13
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Back at the store, the Carters find a badly beaten Mr. Lewis , his eye swollen shut and cheek slashed. He says five King Lords attacked him,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...of the good parts of her neighborhood are highlighted, such as Mr. Reuben, Lisa’s clinic, Mr. Lewis , and her family. (full context)
Chapter 25
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...and Goon still has Starr’s keys. Smoke fills the aisles and they struggle to breathe. Mr. Lewis sees them from outside and screams for help. Tim comes running and opens the front... (full context)
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...King for starting the fire, but King keeps laughing and hides behind his King Lords. Mr. Lewis shouts that King burned down Maverick’s store—loud enough that the gathered crowd hears it. The... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...have been reduced to “blackened frames.” They arrive at the store, which is completely destroyed. Mr. Lewis says that Maverick needs to stick around, because without a good store, more folks will... (full context)