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.
Young Adult – Contemporary
Before reading a book, I try to stay away from reviews, so as to make my own opinion on the novel. However, it was pretty much impossible to miss the phenomenon that is The Hate U Give. So, I knew going in that this novel was going to leave a mark on me. And yet, I could never have foreseen how hard it hit me.
The Hate U give, is a dive into the black American culture. It’s also, and above all, a raw and honest look at racism, and the discrimination and violence that people of color have to deal with every day in the US. I truly believe, everyone should read this book because there’s no way it won’t move you.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Truth be told, I can’t really put words on how much I loved this novel and how important it is. What I can tell you, is that Angie Thomas writes her truth, this is real life. Nothing is embellished, this is no fairytale. However the author doesn’t try to turn it into a melodrama either. It’s just like real life: sometimes we cry and more often then not we laugh.
This was actually a really nice surprise with The Hate U Give. I didn’t expect to laugh this much. But Starr and her family are hilarious and extremely endearing. There’s no way you won’t love Starr and feel for her throughout the book. I loved everything about her, from her sneakers addiction to her Fresh Prince obsession. She’s so human and you share her fears and worries.
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
I also adored every secondary character, especially Starr’s family. For some reason, I pictured her dad as Lucious Lyon (from Empire) during the whole book. I was so moved by this character and his story. As for Starr’s mom, she was this fierce lioness, both sweet and protecting. I loved her for that.
Finally, I won’t go into more details about the story and the plot points, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But know that The Hate U Give isn’t like every other book and it is one that will stick with me for a while.