TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: WalkerBooksAUS sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review
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.
Wow this book was a roller coaster of emotions. At times I felt so desperately sad for what happened to these characters, and at other points I felt empowered to do better because of them. The one thing this book never failed to do, was to make me feel.
The Hate U Give follows our main character Starr Carter who watches her friend get murdered by a police officer. She is then put through the trauma of deciding wether to stay quiet or finally speak up. This one even sparks chaos and change in her neighbourhood, and felt like the beginning of a revolution.
I think, the part that hurt the most about the novel, was the fact that this feels so real. I could believe this was a story on the news without a problem. And to me, that hurt so much, because nobody should ever have to watch their friend he murdered, and then watch the murderer become the victim.
My favourite aspect of this novel, was how dimensional the characters were, there were good and bad ones, and they all had different motives and wants which made them all feel so human to me. From Hailey and her white privilege which stops her from being able to apologise for the horrible things she’s said and done, to king, who runs the streets and is willing to attack children.
I was constantly astounded by this novel and spent the whole time hoping that there would be a happy ending, but I knew there wouldn’t be. And to be honest? The unhappy but uplifting ending is what worked best, it showed what so many people actually deal with in real life. When they’re attacked by police, and they are jailed or killed, they don’t get a happy ending. And it’s all because of skin colour.
I think this is a phenomenally important book that everyone should read, even just to try, to open their eyes and understand what minorities go through.
until next time,