The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository
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.
** Received an ARC from HCC Frenzy for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a contemporary YA about a girl who is witness to her best friend getting shot by the police. It’s been a while since I read such a phenominal contemporary. This book is quite relevant to the social injustice and rascism that is still occuring in America and all around the world. This book is about hope, it is about finding your voice and speaking up for right purpose.
I can’t say enough how important the message from The Hate U Give is. Yes, an unarmed black teenage boy gets shot by a police officer, and yes, the police officer does not get charged with this murder. All of these things happen way too often in America, but it is not all that T.H.U.G is about.
Thomas writes a very real story, with real human emotions and characters that make you want to stand up and fight. This book is about hope. Hope for a better world in which minority groups are not targeted with violence. This book is about finding your voice. Finding your voice to stand up and fight for injustice. To stand up and vocalize what is wrong with the world we live in. The Hate U Give inspires you as a reader to do these things. It inspires you to a better human being. To empathize, to protest, and to stand up against corruption.
The Hate U Give would not be without the main protagonist, Starr. She is everything that is right about this book. She witnesses her best friend getting killed by a police officer and it frightens her. Throughout the The Hate U Give, Starr grows and is able to find her voice for activism through the actions of her family, friends, and community.
Thomas was able to capture and give life to Starr. I have never read such an real and raw character like this before. We see her go through the emotions, the silence, and the internal struggle of wanting to fight for what’s right, but at the cost of potentially endangering others and yourself. I can’t begin to experience what is like to be Starr because I don’t face the issues she does on a daily basis, but through the words Thomas has written I can learn and understand a piece of my world that often goes without being spoken about.
Hope for a Better World
Change does not occur overnight. Change takes time, and a lot of hard work to accomplish. The Hate U Give is apart of that change. Reading this book it has given me hope that we can fight for a better world. A world with where everyone can feel like they belong. Where all minorities are treated as they should be, like a human being.
And I hope that everyone who reads the words that Thomas has written here feels the same. I hope that The Hate U Give helps give a voice to someone who would have stood on the sidelines, and now wants to stand up for themselves and their communities. That is what is important. That is what the world needs, hope.
The Hate U Give is a story that needed to be told. It is a story that needs to be read and passed along to as many people as possible. The Hate U Give is an important piece of hope that many people need in times of darkness. Thomas did a fantastic job writing this story and I hope you guys will give it a read!
I highly recommend this one for absolutely everyone to read. Let me know what you guys thought of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017.