Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: contemporary fiction
Is this part of a series? No.
Published: February 28th, 2017
Growing up is confusing enough. You decide how you want to grow, what you want to do with your life…. what you stand for. It’s even harder for Starr, who moves between the world of her home- Garden Heights, a poor neighborhood- and her sparkling prep school. She feels like she has to be two different Starrs, never wholly herself. Not even with her best friends or her boyfriend, Chris.
One night shatters everything. After getting Starr our of a party that became dangerous, her childhood best friend Khalil gets pulled over. The cop shoots him- claiming self defense…. but Khalil was unarmed. Soon after, this becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe a drug dealer… maybe a gangbanger. Others are taking to the streets in peaceful (and not so peaceful) protests. Starr and her family are being intimidated because she knows what everyone really wants to know… What really went down that night? Whether she speaks out or stays silent could upend her community- or end her life.
This has been on my TBR list for nearly a year- and even then I was pretty late to this party. I love books that show me another way of thinking, of feeling. I feel like it’s really important, especially in this political climate, for everyone to try to understand one another. Here I found a unique voice in Starr. I really liked her, but it was hard watching a kid try so hard to keep her guard up at all times. And yes, I know this is a reality for a lot of kids. As an adult reader, some of the turns of phrases didn’t make sense to me, but the ideas behind the book were always plain. It was well written with great characters and a strong premise. More than that, it has a really powerful message. I feel like everyone should read this book. For me it was a five star book.
On the adult content scale there’s a lot of language and some violence. I would give it a five. While it is all written with respect toward the content, it still hits pretty hard. I know it’s listed as YA but I don’t know how comfortable a very young teen would be with it. Ages 14 and under may try Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson instead. It was fantastic ( I know it talks about different issues, but in many ways the issues are far too intertwined).
The book is out. Have you read it? What are your thoughts?
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