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 Khalils 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 doesor does notsay could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Wow. Just, wow.
If you ever wondered why #ownvoices in publishing is an important movement, please read The Hate U Give. Because not only is the message in this book crucial, but it could really only be told by someone intimately acquainted with the fear and the injustice and the history and the challenge of LIVING this story.
God bless, Angie Thomas. Written with such a raw honesty, this book highlights an amazing young protagonist, Starr Carter. We follow Starr as she navigates the 2-sides to herself: one that is home in her poor, gang-riddled neighborhood and the other that is school in an upper middle-class suburban town.
Starr is strong, and feisty, and conflicted, and brave. She is an imperfect character trying navigate a way through an imperfect world. In fact, all the characters in this book are imperfect in ways that are so genuine and not as black-and-white / good-and-evil as we may think.
This book’s handling of police brutality and the struggle with race relations in many of our cities today, shed light on a spectrum of points-of-views I might not have ever had exposure to…and for that I am so thankful.
This author’s “voice” in her storytelling is something special.
I loved all the side characters in this book. They all had their own stories to tell and man, did I feel slapped in the face for ever believing that things are clear-cut and easy. Nope…these lives portrayed the struggle for survival and success when everything seems stacked against you. And Starr’s dad, Mav, is quite possibly one of my favorite characters ever.
People will try and make this book political. I’ve already seen comments on Twitter that this only shows one side. OF COURSE IT DOES…it’s written from a specific POV. If that triggers you, if that upsets you, then…you more than anyone NEEDS to read this book.
Everyone. Whether you read YA or not. Whether you read books with a strong message or not. Whether you actively seek out #ownvoices books or not. READ THIS BOOK.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Length: 464 pages
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Buy Links: Amazon