Here is my review for a very anticipated read! It’s The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas!
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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.
- can’t say enough how important this book is
- gave me chills constantly
- beautiful and so heartfelt
- actually kept me interested in reading even though this isn’t a genre I usually enjoy
- relevant for POC and so, so educational for white people
- literally none
There’s no way anyone hasn’t heard about this book already. It’s literally everyone and, honestly, it still isn’t enough. This should be in every household in America, mandatory. There is no book as relevant as this one, today. And that’s actually unfortunate, because it’s 2017 and things for people of colour should have long ago changed. This a realistic depiction of life for POC. And it hurts. It’s so unfair that they have to go through this prejudice and hate, for no reason at all. This book gave me chills through it all. It was deeply moving. Starr is an amazing protagonist. She’s strong and so beautiful within herself. She will give many girls the strength they need to change our world, and that’s amazing! Besides being such an important and great read for black girls, specially, I feel like this is an immensely important read for every white person. It portraits racist attitudes some of we have without even realising at times. But most importantly, it doesn’t demonize anyone. It does the best thing, which is showing how we can be better. And that’s not as complicated or difficult for us to do. We can stand beside our brothers and sisters of colours. There’s no need to be part of the problem and there’s definitely a lot more and better reasons to be the contrary. I feel like nothing I can say about this book will truly do it justice. It’s just so amazing. And you should read it. I’m sure it will affect people with different background in various ways, but I don’t think there’s a chance of being indifferent.
So, have you read it as well? What did you think?