The Hate U Give

Zoe N. | June 30, 2017 | Review

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: February 28th 2017
by Bazler + Bray

three-half-stars

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Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood 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.

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 an extremely powerful and important novel that is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Now more than ever, we need books like this so we can make sure that Khalil, and other people in similar situations, receive the justice they deserve.

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

16-year-old Starr’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses her childhood friend Khalil being shot by a police officer for doing absolutely nothing wrong. As the tragedy becomes a national headline, Starr is forced to speak out and confront the harsh reality about what really happened that night.

Starr is an incredible character. She is brave, determined and resilient. It’s impossible not to root for her. Every single emotion Starr feels – despair, grief, unfairness – you feel it all alongside her.

What is also wonderful about this book is how Starr’s relationship with her parents is portrayed. Her parents are amazingly supportive throughout this whole ordeal – they are there for her through thick and thin – and that’s great to see.

If anything, I felt the book itself was rather long and drawn out in places, especially in the middle. There were some subplots and characters that felt rather unnecessary and could have been deleted without losing any of the book’s emotional impact.

Ultimately, this is the type of book that everyone should read. It is eye-opening and emotional, and brings a great deal of insight into the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well as the unfairness of the American justice system.

three-half-stars

51 comments

  1. I loved this book, the characterisation was so perfect and it never felt preachy — just honest and raw. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it despite the issues you had with some of the pacing.

  2. I loved this book!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Like you, I found this to be so powerful and empowering and just so politically correct and well-written. I loved the characters and I really hope Thomas returns to YA very soon.

  3. Everyone keeps saying that this is a book you have to read and it makes me feel bad that I haven’t every time. I’ve seen at as part of a book offer at a shop I go to all the time so I’m thinking I will have to buy next time I go in. I love that Starr’s parents are close with her because too often in YA parents are absent. There is a powerful message in this book and I will be reading it sometime soon. Hopefully, it won’t take me forever to pick up a copy.

    1. Ugh…timing is horrible right? So many books, so little time. xD Let me know what you think if you ever do end up getting a copy! 🙂

  4. ahhh I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT! I mean, of course. Who couldn’t love this book?! I do agree it was VERY long and probably a bit too long for a contemporary. But it was still so powerful and important and I adored it too!!

    1. Thanks Cait! I agree – the message was so powerful, relevant, and important that the pacing didn’t quite bother me as much.

  5. I keep reading wonderful things about this book and I am so excited to read it. I think it’s one of those stories that needs to be told, especially with everything that’s been happening. The fact that the parents have an active role in Starr’s life makes me so happy. Great review. 😀

  6. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this book; it was one of my favorites of last year. Definitely one of my favorite aspects was Starr’s relationship with her parents – we almost NEVER get to see parents that are present and supportive in YA, so this was such a welcome reprieve from that void. Great review. 🙂

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! I agree – Starr’s relationship with her parents was fantastic. 🙂 Thank you!

  7. I keep hearing only good things about this one. I am trying to decide if I should place the library hold for the book or the audiobook, because I have have heard the narrator is amazing. Great review!

    1. Oooh, that’s a hard decision! I’m not an audiobook person but I did hear the audiobook was amazing. 🙂 Definitely let me know what you think regardless.

  8. This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far, so I’m really glad that you enjoyed it in spite of the few issues you had with it. Starr and her parents were my favorite part of the story. I adored their loving and supportive relationship.

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne! I definitely agree about the relationship between Starr and her parents – it was amazing. <3

  9. I loved this book, it was SO incredibly important. I do agree that there were a few points that it felt a little long, but the amazingness of the characters, how well written they were, and the message as a whole were just SO fabulous. Glad you enjoyed it too, great review!

    1. I completely agree! It’s such an amazing and important book and the characters and message were just spot on. 🙂 Thank you!

  10. Yessss I loved this book so much, it’s one of my favourites of the year! I loved Starr as a character and how honest and real she was, and her close relationship with her family and community. Lovely review Zoe!

  11. I loved this one too Zoe. I think it was such a significant release to see Black Americans represented in fiction for teens, finally! And highlighting the importance of the Black Lives Matters movement. As an Aussie, we only truly see the ramifications of the racial injustice on social media where points of view aren’t invalidated by the media and I read Starr’s journey with a group of POC friends which gave me an even greater insight. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too Zoe, brilliant review sweetheart <3 <3

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! I was curious to see how people outside of America were going to view this, but it seems like the themes are universal. 🙂

  12. Fantastic review, Zoe!

    I’ve seen many glowing reviews for this one and I really need to pick up a copy for myself. I’m so glad that you found this poignant despite the pacing. I can’t wait to read it since it’s so relevant with the times we’re in.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did Summer! It is such an amazing, powerful book and I look forward to reading your thoughts. 🙂

  13. ah yes I’ve heard this book is a must-read- but it’s also good to hear a more balanced review!! But even if it is a bit over long, it sounds fantastic, particularly how good the parents are (that’s rare in YA)

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 It’s definitely an important, powerful book and the focus on the parents was definitely a plus. 🙂 (Like you said, that’s so rare in YA).

    1. I FEEL YOU. I was scared of that before I picked it up too. It’s an amazing book and it definitely lives up to the hype. 🙂 Let me know what you think when you end up giving it a try.

  14. I’m glad you enjoyed this one despite the unnecessary subplots. I think this book is definitely one of the most important releases of the year and seeing as everyone is raving about it, it ought to be good.
    Great review, Zoe! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I definitely agree – it is such an amazing, powerful book and I am glad you enjoyed it too. 🙂

    1. My thoughts exactly! If only it went through maybe one more revision and edited out all the excessive subplots it would have been even more memorable. It was definitely still a great book regardless though. 🙂

    1. The praise is so well-deserved, isn’t it? It’s such a powerful and important story. And oh! I’m definitely going to have to find the author’s Twitter now then. xD

    1. Thank you so much Alicia! 🙂 I agree – Star’s relationship with her parents was definitely so well written.

  15. Nice to see some of the pros and cons of this one without too much emphasis on the straight diversity of it. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’ve heard it’s a really impactful novel. Sounds like the execution was pretty well done, even if there were a few too many subplots. Looking forward to it!

    1. It is definitely an important and powerful read, and it certainly deserves all the recognition and support it has been receiving. 🙂 I hope you end up enjoying it if you read it!

  16. I almost cant believe I haven’t read this book yet. I feel like I must be the only one, haha. I am so glad that this book exists, and that is has been doing well (so many weeks on the bestseller list!).

    I have heard that it drags a little in the middle, so I guess that is something to keep in mind when i finally crack it open.

    The emotional impact this book is having on people is so, so great. I’m excited to see what else Angie Thomas creates!

    Lovely review, Zoe <3

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