Title: The Hate U Give
By: Angie Thomas
Published: February 28th 2017
By: Balzer + Bray
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
This is one of those books of which it’s very difficult to make a review about, I feel that it has given me a life lesson in 400 pages. Actually, now I can understand why this book is the favorite of many of you, I also understand why so many people love it and why so many people think it must be a most read book, I’m one of them. I think this book will open your mind and make you think about the meaning of life and how the black people community must fight every day to enforce their rights. We see this and much more in The Hate U Give, is a powerful book with the ability to reach whoever decides to read it, regardless of age, culture, or race, I recommend you give it a chance, I’m sure you will not regret it
The Hate U Give follows Starr as she witnesses how a white police officer unfairly shoots one of her best childhood friends Khalil, who is a young black man. During the plot we can see how this case is developing and meanwhile we can see how each character takes a different role after what happened. It touches on important issues such as domestic violence, discrimination and addiction, but the main issue and without doubt is racism and how it still rules society. I think one of the things that seemed interesting to me to analyze is how the media can turn a story around so that the innocent person ends up looking guilty. Every time that Khallil was disparaged and called in different derogatory ways, by the media, I felt furious. Personally I don’t live in a country where there is a large community of black people, so I honestly was unaware of all the problems they have to face and seeing this type of behavior, so negative, on the part of the media was very shocking to me. Just like the vitimization of some characters and the Hailey’s hateful behavior, OMG, I can’t stand her
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
I think I have taken this book as a learning journey, and as I said before, even when I know the most well-known cases of violence by the police against black people, I wasn’t aware, in depth, of all the problems by which the black community must pass, today I feel that I’m much more aware of this problem and that is something that although it’s painful, it’s very important to know. I loved the meaning behind the name of the book, it makes a lot of sense as you go through the story, I feel it’s wonderfull how this has been handled by the author.
I love the Starr’s parents, they’re so adorable and attentive people, they’re really good parents who live for their children and that is very beautiful to see, everything that both lose during the book and as they never give up is really touching and in general I liked family dynamics a lot. The Starr’s father is the best thing, incorporates many fun conversations in the plot but also is protagonists of the most significant and important, really a great character
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Something that this book shows, in addition to all the aforementioned, is the great support among the community, when something quite serious happens with the Starr’s family, see how their entire neighborhood supports and stands up for them despite the consequences is absolutely moving and great. In fact this makes me very emotional, as the union can against adversities, is wonderful
I read the author’s note at the end and it’s really moving, I recommend that everyone read it because we can see the meaning behind the book, what it mean for the author and what is the reason for writing it. was a beautiful part, I feel Angie opens her heart and it’s worth reading
I’m really impressed that this is the creation of a debut author, it’s really amazing and I’m sure that from now on I’ll read whatever Angie Thomas writes. Her writing style has made a hard plot, something not so hard to read, if that makes sense.
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
Well, I hope you decide to read the book if you haven’t done it yet, I don’t know why it took me so long to decide myself, I guess sometimes when a book has so much hype then that scares a little, but you don’t have to be scared with this one, I assure you that it will leave you something and that you’ll end up being a little wiser than you were before reading it