Even cold hearts and corrupted minds can see true love and friendship. They just choose if they will attempt to corrupt that as well. In the end the choice is those whose hearts are tied together. The three girls were noticed as being best friends. They saw that they were surrounded by divided people. They also realized that their friendship was not the easiest to uphold considering that it rarely stretched beyond themselves because others saw it as the oddest thing. Most people were separated and among their "own" people in solitude. Jordan and Abi are perfect examples.
"Children do not do what you say, they do as you do." This is the quote from my relative that kept going through my mind as I read. Children's minds are detached from the harsher forms of reality. Ignorance is bliss. Their mindset is what they are, they are learning and picking up new habits as they go on life. Depending on what they go though, some aspects become habits out of what they like. When they find partners, friends, that like what they like, they connect with that particular person on a different level. They have childlike mindsets. When you begin at that point, you can see past what is on the outside. Kids can accept what is good out of love when no one is corrupting them; which shows how children are taught and that people are not born prejudice. Everyone looks at life differently, just like they do with situations. Because of how people look and choose to see things, they act a certain way that is then learned by those that surround that person. Two great examples of this from the book are the incident in the hallway with the corkboard, and how the two young women come to a conclusion that they do not see music the same. Constantly being reminded of stereotypes will break a person and they accept that as being a part of their person, or it will help them make the decision of not falling into the trap of letting society choose their identity. Aqeelah's struggle and non-decision is a prime example. A question that I continue to think on is: Is seeing one difference between two individuals giving them cause to look or create even more divides?
Carolyn Morton, a kindergartener, gave a time when she believed the world would be at peace. She stated the year 3000. Most would say children do not have a great sense of time. Whether or not that it is true for Carolyn, choosing the year 3000 is far in the future. This could point out the fact of how much society needs to improve from the view of a child's eyes and heart.