Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
Whatever your thoughts are on police brutality in America, I do recommend reading this. While this is a fictional case, it’s still something that is happening in our country and it’s important for people to talk about it. THUG was in-your-face, blunt and important.
This book made me think about this topic in ways I had never considered. It had a profound voice and a positive, strong family unit at its core. It was well-written and designed to make the reader stop and think about the material and subject matter. The Hate U Give made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me happy, it made me sad.
To review a book like this is difficult, but I felt I was doing the author a disservice by not saying at least something. I think this is an essential read and as a white woman living in America, it allowed me to see this issue from a different perspective. I admired Starr’s strength and her character, and rooting for her and her family was too easy. After reading this, I’m definitely more excited for the movie that will be soon to follow.