The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give Book Cover The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Young Adult Fiction
Balzer + Bray of HarperCollins Publisher

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.

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.

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6 thoughts on “The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  1. Great post. I haven’t read this book because, to be honest, I’m afraid. The news gives me such anxiety and while I believe this book is powerful and is sending a message I agree with, it makes me nervous. Maybe someday I’ll give it a try, it’s still on my TBR list. I believe it’s considered a banned book now, right? Which I find to be horrible because it’s an important message for everyone.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    I’ve not noticed anything negative, but I have noticed a ton of rave reviews, yours is one of the best, as always!

  3. This is definitely one of my best reads of 2017. Though am not from the US, but I understand how racism and prejudice work – that is common all over the world. I loved this review as well. I can’t believe I didn’t get to your blog sooner.

  4. I reviewed earlier last year, and it is a great book. There is nothing to be afraid of, it is a great story told in a YA friendly voice. It just has scenes that make you think. I have read quite a few reviews from people who have dislike it, especially those justifying the police officers actions. I live in a country where police don’t carry guns as standard, and guns aren’t legal (unless permitted for use at shooting ranges etc) so the average person doesn’t carry them around, so apparently I wouldn’t know how the officer felt. Whether that is right or not, I don’t see any reason ever to shoot someone three times, whether you think he might be trying to get a weapon or not. If the officer needed to shoot, then once should of been enough.

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