Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 444
My rating: 5/5 stars
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Hate U Give is one of these super important books that will impact anyone who reads it. It’s relevant to society, talks about so many current and important issues that some people don’t want to look at. While this is a work of fiction so many stories are similar to this and meaning behind it could not be anymore real.
One of my favorite things about this book is that Thomas just dives into this issue with no concern, she is here to give insight into the Black Lives Matter movement and unarmed shootings of black people by police officers. I won’t lie this book has a heavy topic and an emotional message but it is so important to be read and I’m so glad that I read it. This book is powerful and is it’s power needs to be shared so people can understand more than just what is said on TV.
The story follows Starr, who witnesses her childhood best friend, Kahlil, getting shot and killed by a police officer. This happens early in the story and is the main focus that sets up for the overall theme. The majority of the book follows Starr’s decision to speak out or stay quiet and just dealing with this aftermath for something horrible that she witnessed.
I don’t really have much to say on this book because it was so incredibly fantastic important and while it definitely impacted me I want to make sure it impacts you. This book is a dealing with heavy but completely necessary to talk about and understand topics. From interracial relationships, police accountability, racism, white privilege, and so many more.
This was a quick read for me because I was drawn in by what happened and the desire to know more even after I finished the book continued on. The storyline and plot where done incredibly well and I liked how she broke the story up into parts to make the story take place over a longer period of time. Thomas overall just did an amazing job at telling this story and impacting so many people.