Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Original Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
MY MINI REVIEW
The beginning of this novel is heart-wrenching. Tears formed in my eyes immediately and repeatedly. I had instantly felt a connection with Khalil and loved him more and more throughout the story. I wanted, just as badly as Starr did, justice for him.
Starr, was an amazing protagonist. I enjoyed her narrative tremendously. She was funny and relatable. I was also a huge fan of her parents and her half brother, Seven. Her relationship with Chris was so sweet but, her “issue” with him was what spoke volumes to me. I had the same feelings when the “Black Lives Matter” movement was at its peak. I found myself laughing and nodding my head “yes” the most at her thoughts about him.
The issues addressed in the novel are big, important ones! People need to open their eyes and read the truth of Thomas’ words in The Hate U Give. I admit, there were times when it got a bit draggy and though, everything that was said had value and definitely needed to be said… I could see some people not having the desire to completely finish this story. It could have been more action-packed, a bit more plot-driven but, there’s a reason there’s going to be a film going into theaters based off of it; there’s a reason for all the hype.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: September 23-October 01, 2018
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”
“Once you’ve seen how broken someone is it’s like seeing them naked— you can’t look at them the same anymore.”
“If we look someone in their eyes and mean what we say, they have little reason to doubt us.”
“But sometimes right’s not good enough, huh?”
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
“What’s the point in having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“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.”
“People around here don’t have much, but they help each other out as best they can.”
“‘Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,’ she says. ‘It means you go on even though you’re scared.’”
“Every time I’m whole and back to normal, something happens to tear me apart, and I’m forced to start all over again.”
“I ain’t saying you’re perfect, nobody is, but you’re the perfect gift God gave me.”
“The thump of his heart is better than any beat he’s ever made. My normal, in the flesh.”
“People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger, too.”