“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books
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.
Where to begin? If Goodreads were to allow to give ‘out of 10’ ratings this book still wouldn’t fit onto it. I have no idea how to explain this book in coherent English because honestly. I am astounded.
The Hate U Give is a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement – and it did not hold back. We go through all of the grief and pain that Starr and the people around her are suffering; we go through the complete trash that is the US law system; and we go through and see what too many black teens and families today have had to suffer through.
Starr is going to be a character I remember for a long time. I’ve read reviews that said she was ‘unrealistic’ but honestly, she was anythingbut that. Her reactions are perfectly normal for a teenager who has just witnessed her best friend’s murder. The time it takes for her to heal and grow was essential to the plot and it would’ve been completely unrealistic if that wasn’t in there.
The racism education that the reader gets through this book is really good as well. As well as police brutality against black people, fitting in when you’re the minority is also addressed. That was something I really enjoyed reading about because racism in high/secondary schools today is so overlooked.
On a lighter note you get to have such an amazing insight into Starr and black culture. There was such a beautiful sense of community around her throughout a majority of this book. The violence was still prevalent but that doesn’t mean that Starr wasn’t without support.
This is just an important read and I hope many many many more people come to read and love this book because honestly, it’s absolutely phenomenal.