Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
My Rating: 4.5 stars
This book is one that begs to be read. Important, moving, heartbreaking and thought-provoking, it will leave you thinking about what you would stand up for, and how far you would go to defend it. Check out my spoiler free review below.
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.
This book is so important. I had been meaning to read it for a long time but kept putting it off and honestly, I really shouldn’t have. THUG is well-written, poignant, heartbreaking, heartwarming and so many other adjectives. I definitely think this is one that needs to be read in schools all across the world.
The book follows Starr, who after a party one night watches as her childhood best-friend is shot and killed by a police officer with no warning and with no reason. What follows is a heartbreaking journey as she has to defend what has happened, with the big question of whether she should tell the truth and admit it was her in the car to everyone else, or whether she should keep silent. As the book goes on, you are amazed by the racism by so many people in this book, as well as the politics. You sit horrified as things go wrong when you believe in the system, which just doesn’t work for people like Khalil and Starr.
So many themes are addressed in this book – there’s the theme of truth and justice, there’s racism, family values, school issues. So much happens in this book and as it goes on you just want there to be a happy ending so that Starr can go on with her life. The thing is, even if it does get resolved, this sort of event is something that is completely life changing.
The social commentary in this book is powerful and it makes you mad, so mad that there could be so much corruption because of race in the police system. I like that things are not resolved, because it doesn’t happen overnight. As you read this book, a monster of outrage rises up in you, and you’re left wanting to know what you can do. This book is important and I highly recommend reading it. As a white person, it makes you uncomfortable, but what does comfort matter if people are getting killed?
Do yourself a favour, and read this book!
Recommended for: everyone. I believe everyone should read this book, particularly in the state of the world we live in now. It’s YA but honestly – READ IT!
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“Once you’ve seen how broken someone is it’s like seeing them naked—you can’t look at them the same anymore.”
“A hairbrush is not a gun.”
This book has been hyped and spoken about for over a year and within good reason. I definitely think you should read this book! If you’ve read it, let me know what you think!
Until next time booklovers,