The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is 2017’s book for my 30 For 30 Readathon. I’ve been highly anticipating this book after hearing great things in the book community. I’ve also been holding off on watching the film until I’ve read the book.
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.
I listened to The Hate U Give on Scribd over the course of 2 days. I could not stop listening.
The writing was outstanding, but the narrator really brought this story to life for me. The story made me emotional, in more ways than I thought possible. I cried, I was angry, I even shouted out at some points.
Starr seems so much older than her sixteen-years. A lot has happened in her life to date, and then she witnesses her best friend get shot by a police officer. I just wanted to jump into the book and cuddle her and take all her pain away. However, the way she deals with this event is nothing short of amazing for her young age. She’s strong, fierce and knows the difference between right and wrong.
A beautifully written story about one girl’s struggle for justice inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
I highly recommend The Hate U Give and I gave it 5/5 stars.