Both Kristi Weintege and Jessica Phillipi can address real world controversy in the book Karma Khullars Mustache and the poem "This Is Our End". Both can address friendship struggles and exclusion are mainly targeted by people found in the "cool" group, and can address that these problems are a big deal and can really affect people's lives.
About Friendship Struggles and Exclusion
What is exclusion?
Exclusion is the the process or state of excluding or being excluded.
When exclusion and friendship struggles occur, you may think that is is no big deal, but really, it can affect people. Think about it. If you are leaving someone out, not only are you leaving them alone, but you are making their self-esteem go down and making them feel that they aren't good enough. This could eventually lead to depression.
The most common situation for exclusion seems to be when cool girls are leaving out the not so cool girls. The article "Being "Nice" or Being "Normal" states, "In this paper we consider discourses of friendship and belonging mobilised by girls who are not part of the dominant ‘cool’ group in one English primary school"(Paechter). You can also be easily excluded with your everyday friends, which happened in my book.
FROM THE BOOK: KARMA KHULLARS MUSTACHE
In the book, the main character Karma, used to be best friends with a girl named Sara. But, over the summer, before they were going into middle school, Sara changed.
A new girl moved in across the street from Sara, and all she wanted, was to be cool. Sara seemed to want to hang out with Lacy more than Karma, and eventually once school started,she didn't even hang out with Karma. Just like in this article where it states,"many ‘cool girls’ are seen as being unkind to others"(Paechter),Lacy was quite mean to Karma, and Sara didn't even stand up for her. This really upset Karma.
"I just thought if I had told Kate and Emma, they'd like me better. Maybe I'd seem cooler than Lacy"(Wientge).
"Now would have been a good time for Sara to stick up for me. But she still said nothing"(Wientge).
From the poem: This is our end
This poem can also relate to the article. In the poem it states, "You can calmly sit there and try to look cool but I know your emotions and I know you're a fool"(Phillipi).
That is similar to when, in the article, it notes, "Our findings therefore demonstrate some of the ways that girls resist involvement in these power struggles and instead find other ways of understanding themselves in relation to their peers." You can relate these two quotes because in both, people are eventually starting to ignore the coolness power, and not always comparing themselves to others.
Paechter, Carrie and Sheryl Clark. "Being "Nice" or Being "Normal": Girls Resisting Discourses of "Coolness." Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 37, no. 3, 01 Jan. 2016, pp. 457-471. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-scob.galileo.usg.edu/login? url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1096211&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Phillipi, Jessica A. “This Is Our End.” Family Friend Poems, www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-poem-about-broken-friendship.
Wientge, Kristi. Karma Khullar's Mustache. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018.