- “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
- Contemporary Young Adult
- Read as an ebook
- 5/5 stars
- Finished July 15, 2017
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.
This review has been such a long time coming. I read this book all the way back in July and I still don’t feel like I’m ready to review this book. The first time I heard of this book, I saw Angie Thomas on Twitter, excited over getting ARCs of her new book. And then her name kept popping up on my Twitter. Once I saw what her book was about, I totally knew why it kept popping up and that I had to get my hands on it.
Starr Carter lives in the poor, predominantly black neighborhood, but goes to school in the rich suburban predominantly white neighborhood. One night, while Starr is at a house party in her neighborhood, she’s offered a ride home by her friend Khalil. On the drive back to her house, Khalil and Starr are pulled over and Khalil is shot by a police officer. Then, Starr’s entire world explodes.
The Black Lives Matter movement is something that I find very close to my heart. I work in these communities and see my students and former students in so many of these stories. In fact, one of my students was actually killed by a police officer, so when I read these stories it tends to destroy me. But the thing is that they are so necessary. Especially ones that are in fiction books, because they can pave the way for people to accept that this doesn’t just happen in a fiction novel, but in actual, real life as well.
Angie Thomas is phenomenal in her storytelling skills and it’s something to be envied. With the amount of YA literature that is coming out these days, to find one that has a story that keeps me turning the pages, and that evokes so much emotion. This is a book you can’t miss, even if you don’t typically read YA, or you’re someone who doesn’t fully understand the whole Black Lives Matter movement, you really need to get your hands on this book. It’s beautiful, and worthy of all the hype.
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