I mean, just, WOAH.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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.
The Hate U Give was a powerful book about police brutality. It follows Starr, a girl who has seen her best friends get killed. Twice. Her friend Natasha died in a drive by when she was ten, and Khalil was killed unarmed by a police officer that pulled their car over.
Starr lives in a poor black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where there is crime rampant. But to Starr, it feels like home. But due to the safety risks and poor schooling at the local high school, Starr attends a fancy suburban school where she’s a big minority.
This book deals with the uncomfortable truth that people still carry racism, and the devastating effects of it.
I think that it’s amazing that we have such diverse books coming out. But with this book, I think it was marvelously written, and I really like certain aspects of it.
I really enjoyed the writing. It was very simplistic, yet very honest. It’s pretty amazing to find a book with marvelous writing and such real aspects.
Seeing Starr’s journey through grief, and what she had to deal with at school. It wasn’t sugarcoated, and it was exceeding true. It was reflective of teenagers in Starr’s (and her classmate’s) situations and behaviors.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
And also seeing the cop lie about what happened, and then Khalil not get justice because of that, was heartbreaking. He was allowed to step away, untouched, and that’s exactly the terrible thing that happens every day, which is what hurt the most.
I didn’t particularly enjoy Starr’s relationship with Chris. I thought it was really contrived, and they didn’t really have much connection. It seemed like something that was kind of just thrown in, on account of it being a YA.