I decided to grab this book after reading a few articles about it. This is without a doubt a touchy subject for our country. It’s hard to even write a review of a book that I found so powerful. The Hate U give was fantastic and eye-opening – easily one of the best young adult books I’ve read.
Angie Thomas did an unbelievable job creating these characters. It shows how bias the media is to minorities and the current white backlash towards Black Lives Matter. The plot caused me so much anxiety, knowing our country I had a feeling that I would lose a favorite character at any second. I had considered skipping the last 40 pages as I didn’t see a happy ending coming. After finishing the book I even read reviews on Goodreads. I don’t normally read them unless it’s a review written by a friend or a blog I follow.
To my surprise, most of them agreed with me. There were a few that missed the point of the book completely. A few reviewers even gave it a bad review because it made them feel uncomfortable. I found that to be disgusting. If you felt uncomfortable due to the 2-3 pages talking about Chris or Hailey but felt fine during the rest of the book…you’re part of the problem. While not everyone will gain a deeper understanding, I think this book would be a great way to get a grasp on current issues we’re having. Being a young adult book, it’s good for most ages. If you’re a parent I would read it before your kids to see if they’re ready for it. It does have sexual themes, murder, swearing, and talk of drug use. Still worth the read in my book.