The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Release Date: 6th April (UK)
My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
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.
I think it’s fair to say that I had been highly anticipating this book for quite a while prior to its release, seeing all the early reviews it had been getting from the US readers just had me even more hyped.
Every once in a while, I read a book that I know will stick with me for a long time, reading the first few chapters I remember feeling very emotional, I physically couldn’t put this book down.
The Hate U Give is very relevant and important, its heartbreaking and honest, of whats going on in America at the moment. I’ve literally been recommending this book to everyone I know, I think people are going to be talking about this book for a long time, for good reason.
I couldn’t write this review without saying that this book completely opened my eyes to aspects of white privilege I hadn’t considered, This novel educates.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
The character Angie created in Starr, is such an inspiration for girls, wanting to find their voice. It was really great to see her grow throughout the story, see the dynamic with her family, which was refreshing in the respect she has for them, in terms of what is in YA at the moment.
I loved learning about the neighbourhood she grew up in, Garden Heights. The tight-knit community of people that look out for each other.
I adored all of the secondary characters and how they each had their own story to tell, it was really interesting to read and connect with them, I adored the writing style, I’ve never read anything like it before, all of the characters have such complex and interesting personalities.
I can’t wait to read literally anything Angie writes in the future.
*Thank you to Walker Books for sending me a copy of this book*