Hey, guys! I am super pumped to talk to you about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is a book I have been wanting to read all year, and I finally read it. I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and it is one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend you read this book because it is absolutely fabulous, and I think everyone should read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the 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.”
This book was absolutely phenomenal. This is such an important book that everyone needs to read. It really blew me away with how amazing it was. It was such a captivating story on the power of speaking out against oppression in general, but with a focus on police brutality. This was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which I fully support and think is super important, and it just tackles several different topics, like racism and trauma among other things.
This book was super well rounded in the portrayal of the characters and the poor, black neighborhood of Garden Heights, in my opinion. I can’t speak to the representations as I am white, but it seemed super accurate. We really felt like we were in that neighborhood. We felt that we were with those characters, experiencing everything. It felt super authentic, which was super important in my opinion.
I loved seeing a biracial couple, especially given the subject matter. I think it was super important that we got to see something like that, and it also gave us the opportunity to see racism from both sides. Racism is a double-edged sword sometimes. Black people can be racist towards white people, though not nearly as much as white people are racist towards black people. This story just really talked about race in a very realistic way, which I loved, and it focused on the importance of having your voice heard.
Overall, this was a super powerful story that I am so glad I got the chance to read. I think it was phenomenal, and it is a book everyone needs to read. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Angie Thomas!
And there you have it! That was my review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. What is one of your favorite books you have read this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!