Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Wow. I knew going into this book how powerful it would be and I was not let down at all.
The Hate U Give (if you have lived under a rock and don’t know what it’s about) follows high school student Starr, who witnesses her best friend being shot, unarmed in their “hood” by a white policeofficer. This sparks a rage throughout the community and Starr finds herself in the middle of an uproar and she must make a choice whether or not to stand up and fight for what she know is right or play it safe.
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for too long and I regret that. It was a quick read for me, less than two days in total and I was engulfed in the story and the characters.
The one thing I had a hard time wrapping my head around was the language. It’s written in ghetto slang, which made me unable to read as fast as I normally would because my eyes stumbled on some of the sentences and words, waiting for my brain to process and catch up. But it really made the story stand out and seem more real. You really got a sense that you were seeing everything from Starr’s perspective, becoming a part of her and feeling all the rage, hate and sadness that she’s feeling over the loss of her friend.
There’s really not a lot that I can say because if you haven’t yet, you should get to experience this story without being tainted too much from in depth reviews. I knew very little about what happened in this book, except for what everyone knows about the killing of an unarmed young man in a poor neighbourhood in America.
The story blew my mind and I felt so many different emotions throughout – anger, resentment, sadness and powerlessness.
When I closed the book all I could think was that The Hate U Give is amazing and enlightening and everyone, no matter background or ethnicity, should read this book.
Would I recommend this book?