“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Hello my darlings! Today I’ll be reviewing the critically acclaimed young adults novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
The Hate U Give, for those who don’t already know, is about a teenaged girl named Starr Carter who lives a double life. In her home life, she’s Starr Carter, who was born and raised in a primarily poor, Black neighbourhood; and in her school life, she’s Starr Carter, student of a private school where she sheds most of her identity to fit in with her environment. The two worlds clash - and Starr’s life flips upside down - when Starr’s childhood friend, Khalil, is killed by a white police officer and she’s the only witness.
This book really hit me in all the feels. I was heartbroken, angry, empowered, and inspired - all at once. I cannot begin to imagine being in Starr’s place. As I read about her experience of Khalil’s death and the ramifications afterwards, I felt sick to my stomach all the way through. It’s already a horrific thing to see your own friend be killed; but to have to fight to prove that the killer was actually at fault is something else entirely.
I truly feel like this might be one of the most powerful stories I’ve read in a very, very long time. Obviously the major problem in this book - police brutality and shooting of unarmed POC - is something that we are facing in modern day society every. single. day. It’s so frustrating to see this sort of thing happen all the time and there’s no justice for the victims whatsoever. That’s exactly what this book is about. I wholeheartedly believe this book is one that should be mandatory for all teens to read in high school. The classics are great and all, but it’s time for a book like The Hate U Give to make an appearance in school curriculums and draw attention to major social issues.
This is a book I’d recommend to all my friends and family. Read this book. Take a stand against what’s wrong, stand for what you believe in. And go see the movie, too. This is the sort of thing that needs attention y’all.
Have you read The Hate U Give? What are your thoughts?
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