The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
‘What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?’
The Hate U Give is real, raw, emotional, heart-wrenching, inspiring & powerful. A must read for everyone!
Starr Carter is a young girl growing up in a poor neighborhood, stuck between her neighborhood and the prep school she attends. Different friends, different worlds and two different Starr’s, which is always carefully balanced. That is until Starr’s two worlds are turned upside down when she witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed, and this shooting has a ripple effect on Starr’s life and on the community in which she lives.
The Hate U Give is a emotional #OwnVoices contemporary novel told by debut author Angie Thomas. Not only is the story a phenomenal read with a beautiful writing style, it also deals with real issues within today’s society including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the need to speak up in the face of injustice.
The hype for this debut is huge, and I am happy to say this book was exceptional. It was everything I wanted in a contemporary novel, but what made it more powerful is that it sparks the need for change. Instilling this book into the youth of the world gives hope to a future where this doesn’t occur, because it shouldn’t! Every life matters!
‘Holy shit. Who the fuck complains about going to Harry Potter World? Or Butter Beer? Or wands?’
The Hate U Give is written in Starr’s first person voice, and Angie has written her voice so naturally and powerfully that you cannot help but rally behind this Sass-Queen. The writing and point of view you were given drew such emotions from the reader and it was honestly a pleasure to read and know Starr’s story.
You could tell that Angie knew her information, and I assume spent a significant amount of time researching for this story regarding the issues that were involved. Honestly, I think it’s what made the story so perfect. The Hate U Give also had multiple pop culture references that could be used to draw in the audience, but I was already drawn in and I couldn’t put this book down.
‘I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?’
Starr was one of my favourite characters I have ever read about. She was complex, brave, charismatic, and strong but she was also flawed, scared, and broken. It was great to see her traits and emotions were human and relatable to the reader. I admired Starr’s character development throughout this novel as well, it was flawless.
All characters within The Hate U Give, no matter how large or small a part they played, were taken to a level where they weren’t just a character, they were all real. Every single one of these character could have been a real person and the family dynamic was something to strive for. All the interactions were perfectly developed and these relationships were beautiful to read about. Honestly, this amount of depth was a perfect way to write a book, because I ended up knowing each and every one of the characters in a mere 464 pages. It takes sometimes full series to create characters that Angie created in one book, and honestly I am speechless at this point.
Overall, this book was amazing. Not only was the story perfection, but it was also beautifully balanced between the serious topics with humor and pop culture weaved throughout. The Hate U Give is a must read that delves into the need for change, being brave, speaking out and accepting yourself.
Favourite Quote: “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
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