Zoe: Welcome back everyone. Sorry our posts have been few and far between, but today I am going to be reviewing the very popular book which I have been waiting to read for ages called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I had heard amazing things about this so decided to buy it and see if it lived up to the hype. Here’s are my thoughts:
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 wasn’t sure about this books when I first picked it up. I thought it might be one of those books which were so over hyped that it spoilt it for me but thankfully I absolutely adored it and found it such a compelling read. The book was extremely powerful and beautiful bringing together a mix of striking themes including racism, love family and friendship.
This book took me a little while to get into. I found the language a bit hard to connect with during the start but as it progressed I found all the character’s voices a bit better and was able to see how each of them were so different yet so important in Starr’s eyes. I thought the whole story was such an honest and raw depiction of how black people feel in society and the injustice still present in society today. It mentioned historical references of black oppression and injustices such as Emmett Till. I remember learning about him in school and found it really devastating the whole idea surrounding him. I loved that this issue was able to be brought to light to educate people of the struggles not only back people experience but many minorities. I thought it was a gut-wrenching, powerful and brave story which definitely deserves all the credit it has received.
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
In terms of the characters I really loved them all. If I were to pick a favourite I wouldn’t even know where to start because I thought the establishment of them all made them all amazing in their own right. I would have to say i especially liked Starr’s best friend Maya and brother Seven. I thought Maya was a great character as she had her own view and was such a supportive, understanding and genuine friend even though she wasn’t from Starr’s neighbourhood. I also loved Seven, Starr’s older and very protective brother. I thought Angie Thomas brought a very realistic sibling relationship, both annoying each other and always being there for support. He was such a lovely, humorous and caring character which Starr definitely loved.
“people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”
The family relationship was really nice to see with a family who all had their fair share of things going on but were always there for each other. I also thought Chris was a very good addition to the characters being Starr’s boyfriend. I felt because he wasn’t black It allowed for people to see a relationship based on love rather race and he was really caring, always sticking by Starr which was really nice to see.
Overall I thought this book was a roller coaster of emotions which accurately detailed a young Black girl dealing with the extraordinary hardships of her life. I found it really eye-opening and would definitely recommend this to absolutely everyone. Thank you so much for reading, if you have read this, make sure to tell me if your views on it in the comments, and we will be back with another post soon. x