The Hate U Give Book Review

The Hate U Give Book Cover The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Walker Books
April 6th 2017 (first published February 28th 2017)
Paperback
448

"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood 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. 

“Pac said Thug Life stood for ‘The Hate U Give Little Infants F**ks Everybody’.”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an incredibly powerful and moving book. It is a story that needs to be heard by everyone. Doesn’t matter how young or old, if you’re black or white, poor or privileged. EVERYONE needs to read this book.

The story of The Hate U Give is one of the most real stories you will read. It highlights the struggles of black people in the world and how they are treated differently. It is an eye-opener for anyone who does not understand the harsh reality black people face day to day. How they get labeled just because of their color.

“Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”

The main plot of The Hate U Give is all about the death of Khalil after being pulled over on the highway. He had no weapon and did not pose a threat to anyone, however the police officer killed him, no questions asked. No ifs or butts, he was flat out murdered. His best friend and the main protagonist of the book Starr, was present at the time of the injust killing, and wants to get Khalil’s voice out to the masses. She stands up for what is right and wants to make black people heard. The injustice of his death cannot go unseen.

Although she goes to an almost all-white high-class school where she acts different from her ghetto home, Starr does not want them to know about her friends’ death. Her friends just won’t understand. But as she slowly opens up, she finds out who her real friends are and who will stick by her no matter what. It’s time to be heard.

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

Starr is such a fierce and strong character. I adore her and everything she stands for. She will not take no for an answer and even if it puts herself on the line, she WILL be heard. Her love for her family and her roots is bloody beautiful and her relationship with her father is heartwarming. Her half-brother, Steven, is also a loyal brother who will stick by her no matter what.

I also really enjoyed Chris, Starr’s boyfriend. Although he is rich and white, he wants to be with Starr and wants to help her. I also enjoy the growing relationship between Chris and Starr’s Father, “Big Mav.” At first, Starr’s father wants nothing to do with him because he’s white and he’s obviously just “using her”, but as the story progresses, they grow quite close. It’s very heartwarming.

“Khalil, I’ll never forget.
I’ll never give up.
I’ll never be quiet.
I promise.” 

The Hate U Give is a bloody fantastic and potent story about black lives. It is the kind of book that needs to be studied in school. The book really opens my eyes as a white reader. I know how troubling lives can be for other races and how cruel people can act because of it. It should not even exist in our society, but sadly, it does. Maybe one day we can live in a world without racism, but I think we have a long way to go to get there.

The Hate U Give is also now a movie (one that I still need to watch). This just shows how much the main message of the book needs to be heard.

Buy this book. Read it and share it with as many people as you can. It’s a book about truth, and the truth needs to be heard!

‘‘A hairbrush is not a gun.’’ 

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