Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Young adult contemporary
Publication Date: April 6th 2017
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH! I DON’T KNOW WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THIS BUT EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO AND READ THIS!!
The Hate U Give is an emotional read, taking the readers on a roller-coaster of emotions – mainly of pain, frustration and annoyance towards the white-washed court of America (okay, of the world but this book is set in America). I loved the characters, the plot, the writing and the pacing. There are so many quotable and relatable lines in this novel, many of which should be applied into our lives.
The plot of the novel surrounds the murder of Khalil, Starr’s best friend and my gosh this frustrated me so much. The trials and response to the officer’s actions were mostly disgusting and frustrating – Khalil was murdered because of an assumption (not spoiler because it happens in the first few chapters) and many blamed it was Khalil’s fault. Murder is murder, no matter the race and all through the novel, I just wanted to punch everyone who sided with the officer.
However, I think Angie Thomas has done a great job capturing the essence of reality and the theme of injustice and pouring it into the novel. We get a glimpse of what the African-Americans go through and it is truly heartbreaking. I cannot describe the amount of times I teared up and cried whilst reading this.
I grew to fall in love with all the characters. I especially enjoyed Khalil’s character, and because I didn’t read the blurb properly, I was in tears and shock when he died. I adored Starr and enjoyed watching her grow into the person at the end of the novel. She began the novel as two different people because of her fear of being judged, but as her journey progressed, she grew stronger and braver and accepted who she was. I’m proud of her for that. Starr, despite being a teenager herself and whom makes mistakes as all human do, is definitely someone I’d look up to. I also liked the idea of her dating Chris – something that should be normal but apparently isn’t? Like everyone in the school was judging their relationship when they had no right to, and most expected Starr and the other African-American boy to date (I forgot his name, should’ve written it down).
The idea of family was prominent and beautiful in this novel. I loved Starr’s family. They did not need blood to be their definition of loyalty as Seven, who acted as a wonderful older brother, and Devante, who was taken into the family in his time of need, were welcomed into Starr’s family with open arms and no unequal treatment. And though Kendra was more of a friend at the start of the novel, Starr and Kendra were able to overcome the fact that they had different parents and accepted that Seven was both their brother.
There is so much I want to say but I can’t say it without spoiling anything. I think EVERYONE should read this beautifully written novel because it contains a powerful and important message. We also learn a lot about racism through the course of the novel.
A quick aesthetic I put together 🙂 I’ve decided to do this for some reviews but not all (I’ll try to though) because I might not have the time.