The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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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, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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 upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review

I’m kind of late to the game when it came to this book since it took me over a month to finish. I finally sat down and read the entire book through and I must say probably for the first time EVER, this book lived to the hype.

If you don’t know, this book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that was started by an amazing group of women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. The movement fights for justice when

This book should have made you livid, disappointed, upset but it should also spark you to gain hope (even if it’s only a little bit).

The writing is extremely accessible and engaging. The main plot follows the aftermath of a black teenager getting killed by a police officer and Starr was in the car when all this went down. Starr obviously plays a crucial role in the case and tries to seek justice for her friend.   

Star was such an amazing beautiful character. She’s smart with that bit of sass that I love with any main character. The side characters definitely didn’t feel like side characters because they actually play a role in the story. Starr’s parents played a big part and so did the rest of her family and friends. What I liked about the book is that it promoted community involvement

Being black, a lot of this stuff resonates with me in such a personal level. Struggles that black America has to deal with goes even beyond police brutality, and Angie Thomas definitely accounts the adversary, especially the ignorance many of the characters had in the novel. It talks about privilege, race, “hood” neighborhoods and gang violence. Reading this, I didn’t read anything new, but it’s an important read for not just black people, but for all people. It doesn’t sugarcoat anything and it doesn’t make excuses for people. This book reminded me of Black Girl Dangerous {review here} when it comes to the harsh but real tone of these topics that’s depicted in these books (Unlike Pepsi’s newest ad lmao)

I would also like to note that the above does also mean that this book isn’t fucking hilarious at times. Starr’s dad was definitely the comedic, especially when he talked about his Harry Potter gang theory. I told so many people about this theory and everyone also thought it was brilliant. He’s hilarious when he applauds some of the stuff that Starr does that makes her mom mad and also when he’s around Starr’s boyfriend, Chris.

This book teaches you to use your voice as a weapon and to always fight for social justice for not just for yourself, but for everyone. There’s someone out there, innocent, who has been wrong by our messed up system and are facing the unjust consequences because of this. Young people are taught that they can’t do anything because they don’t have degrees or even experience but The Hate U Give teaches young individuals that a no one is ever to young to fight for what’s right.

Ooooo let me just say how angry I was with Starr’s friends. I snap-chatted all the stupid shit that was spewed from these girls mouths such as them complaining about their travels on spring break. One of the girls was basically like “ugh, went to the Harry Potter world in Florida, UGH woe is me.” I don’t get how people can just complain about that type of stuff.

I love Angie Thomas for publishing The Hate U Give. I love her for educating people on black culture and black adversary. I love her for giving young black girls out there a voice.

I hope you love her too.

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