I know I’m months late to the game with this book – everyone and their nan must’ve heard about The Hate U Give by now – and I know most of those people have already written or spoken about just how great it is and how you should read it, but I still have to tell you myself.
The Hate U Give is, on the surface, about a 16-year-old girl called Starr, who witnesses her unarmed, black best friend get shot by a cop and the repercussions of the tragedy. Though, at it’s core, THUG is about so much more – racism, police brutality, the fight for justice, grief, ignorance, love and family. This book will break your heart and make you angry at the world, but it spreads a message everyone needs to hear.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
It took my some time to get into the book – the pacing and writing style was off somehow for me at the beginning. I don’t know if maybe I was expecting to read the first page and instantly see what all the hype was about (which is very unrealistic and never happens, I know), but it took me a while to really be absorbed by the world and the story. However, once I found that pivotal moment where my entire existence became focused solely on this book and reading until the end, you bet the book didn’t leave my hands (unless you count gushing to my friends on Snapchat) until I’d seen how Starr made it through and what she was going to do next.
This book will make you angry. So, so angry (but in the best way?). I agree 100% with every other review that says this book is important, relevant, powerful and inspirational. You see a 16-year-old and her family go through an unfair and unjust fight, where almost everyone seems to be against them, and yet they still make it through and are an inspiration to every reader.
You find yourself invested in a world that too easily translates into our own. The message of this book is paramount and explicit. The fight for equality is no where near over. Everyone has a voice – it’s just how you make your’s heard.
Author: Angie Thomas
Title: The Hate U Give
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Published: February 2017
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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