Author: Angie Thomas
Title: The Hate U Give
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Theme: racism, classism, death, police brutality, reputation,
(From Goodreads) 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 love this book so much. Usually, you don’t (or at least I don’t) expect a first-time author to be amazing – I expect greatness, but not amazingness.
Angie Thomas is total amazingness.
She writes so well, and right from the start I couldn’t put this book down. I was so in love with all the characters (yes, even michelin-man King). The power of community that is conveyed in Angie’s words really made ME feel like a part of the Garden Heights community; when they laughed, I laughed. When they rioted, I did as well (not literally). But you know what I mean!
Racism is always associated with classism, and this takes a huge toll on Starr as a person. She’s always struggling with not being too ghetto, or too angry, or too emotional when she’s with her rich friends. Her community never calls her by her name, she’s mostly known as “Big Mav’s kid at the store” at the beginning. Her identity is always an issue, even long after everyone finds out she’s the witness. Her personal journey in accepting who she is was inspirational, and I hope kids all around the world will use Starr as a guiding star in their lives (so cheesy, sorry. But I had to).
My only regret with reading “The Hate U Give” was WAITING SO LONG TO READ IT. I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up sooner. This could’ve come in handy a couple months ago.
Semi-spoiler, don’t read: I’m so happy with the way the book ended. Before the final verdict was out, I kept praying that it would be written as realistic as possible, and Angie wouldn’t dream up of a perfect world where everything works out like it’s supposed to. It obviously didn’t turn out that way, thank god. I would hate for an important book like this to set unrealistic standards, so for this reason, thank you Angie.
You can read again!
One more thought before I grade this book: Angie Thomas, if you ever come across this….please, I’m begging you!
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Personal Opinion: 5/5.I love how current the story is, and it’s message to everyone, no matter what race you are. I felt like I was fighting along with Starr the whole time. This book is an absolute must read for everyone.
Technical Opinion: 5/5. Simply amazing as a YA novel. I honestly can’t say no more than that!