The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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.
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.