Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Category: Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
If you’ve been in the online book community for even a little while, you’ll know just HOW POPULAR this book is. It was #1 on the NYT Bestseller list for over 50 weeks. And it deserves all the hype.
Starr has been living in two worlds—her neighbourhood and the uptown school she goes to. But her life turns upside down when she witnesses her best friend Khalil getting shot by a police officer, without a reason.
Suddenly she has to decide whether to speak up and put herself, and the people close to her, in danger or stay quiet without letting Khalil have justice. Suddenly she’s not so comfortable in her double life.
Right from the start, the book grips you and talks about important things. I never really knew about the discrimination in America until I read THUG. And the ending was superb. The book couldn’t have had a better ending.
It was very easy to love the characters. I care about all of them individually.
Starr is relatable and easy to get into. Starr’s family were THE BEST. Her dad is the model father. Her mom is inspiring. Their famaily bonding just warms my heart.
The best part of the characters was the representation, though. And I don’t mean the black rep. I mean how each and every character depicted one type that exist and we saw all of them, and their involvement in the overall picture.
I’ll be honest, I read the book a long time back. Then I immediately lent it to two people, successively. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. I thought I’d wait to write the review until I got it back, and it’s been a while. Things are a little hazy in my head. But I do remember that I loved it and it deserves all the hype. Hats off to Angie Thomas for writing such a gripping book.