Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Published: February 2017
“The hate u give little infants f**ks everybody”
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. more
**excuse some of the name spellings. Because I listened to it on Audible, I was not able to see how some of the names were spelled.**
I don’t even know where to start. This book was absolute perfection. I listened to it on Audible. The narrator, Bahni Turpin, was simply amazing. This is a book that I would highly recommend to any and everyone, especially if someone is wanting to understand more about the Black Lives Matter movement. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster. I found myself relating to Starr on so many levels.
By chapter 3 I had tears in my eyes. The description of Khalil being shot was descriptive and allowed me to make a vivid picture in my mind. You couldn’t help but place yourself in Starr’s shoes. I think one of the greatest things about this book is that it showed it’s readers that you cannot judge. Of all the shootings that have been higlighted in the news, many were quick to justify the killings based on the victim’s past. Unfortunately, people were quick to judge and assume the killings to be okay, it is not. Thomas was great in showing that we cannot believe what the news is always telling us. If we really want to understand we need to talk to their families and friends or even those who can relate to the victims in some way.
Every character, particularly Starr’s boyfriend Chris and her best friend Hailey, provided something to the story. What I liked about this was that it showed the various perspectives people, particulary white people, take on the subject. Chris simply wanted to understand. He wanted to be apart of Starr’s world and really understand where she was coming from. Hailey on the other end refused to acknowledge the problem, in turn, the two were able to show how the various perspectives are viewed by minorities. Starr’s other friend Maya was a great example showing that it is not simply a black and white issue, but that there are problems that many minorities face.
One of my favorite characters was Devonte. I think one of the biggest things his character contributed to the story was showing that even though he could be considered a thug, even by his own standards, it was not who he truly was. Many growing up in poor neighborhoods find them selves in similar situations. They feel that they do not have any other option than falling into gangs or drug dealing. In the end, many simply need someone to love and care for them, show them that they matter. Everyone of us is guilty of making assumptions based on a person’s appearance and living situations, it is these assumptions that are often the most hurtful.
All in all this book was simply wonderful. From the writing style to the characters and the different situations they found themselves in, this book has a lesson for everyone. I feel that Thomas was brave in writing on such a controversial topic, she did it well and I look forward to reading her future works.