Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Published: 28 February 2017 | Balzer + Bray
Date Read: 25 February 2017
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
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.
*ARC Kindly provided by Balzer+Bray thru Edelweiss for review*
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
The Hate U Give is a story inspired by Black Lives Matter Movement – a movement made to fight anti-black Racism and the killings of black people.
I admit, I was a bit skeptical before reading this book. Aside from the big hype that surrounds it (especially on twitter) I don’t really know what to expect out of it.
But sometimes, the greatest things come unexpectedly, right?
I know it still might be a bit early to say this but The Hate U Give is one of the greatest book I’ve read this year. I’m honestly having a hard time right now putting into words all the greatness that is this book.
The Hate U Give is a very timely book that is an eye-opener on how several black people were treated. It is pollical, topical and very timely. Grief, anger, sadness and trauma surrounds the book but what I really appreciate was how the issues were handled in the story.
Our lead, Starr is just sixteen but she already witnessed two murders in her life: the first was of a young girl shot in a drive by and the other was her childhood best friend who was shot multiple times by a cop.
Can you even imagine how would you feel if you are in Starr’s place? All the grief and sadness in losing your childhood best friend and the trauma of losing him right before your eyes. Though the situation is very tough, I’m glad that Starr has a great support system – her family.
The portrayal of Starr’s family is perfect. They all are not perfect as person but their lives was made realistically. Her dad was an ex-gang member but is a very cool and loving dad, her mom got pregnant and married young to her dad, her brother Seven is also cool and very protective and Sekani her youngest brother is just is a pain-in-butt cute. The dynamic between their family was created beautifully by the author. Their family feels so warm and loving and accommodating despite what they are all going thru.
There are a whole set of other people present on this book and they were all given great importance and roles on the story. I really appreciate the complexity of not only the main characters but the supporting as well.
Another thing that I just want to share is that Starr have a boyfriend – Chris. And he’s white. Goes to show that skin color is not relevant if you care and understand each other.
“We let people say stuff, and they say it as much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Starr is a very engaging story teller. Her voice is clear and distinct. Though Starr was hesitant on the first part of the book to speak out what she’s feeling, it was so good to see her give it all out in the end. At the end of the story, we all learned that our greatest weapon is our voice and we should use it and not let other people put words in our own mouths.
Overall, The Hate U Give is a very influential book about family, the harsh realities of life for black people, being who you are 100% of the time and simply finding your own voice. This is a fictional book with fictional characters but this story has been told over the news and newspapers. Very timely and real. Please do yourselves a big big big favor and don’t miss out on reading this one.