Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood 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 afterwards, 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 haven't shared a single book review this year. Isn't that terrible? To be honest, I've been reading a lot of children's books and I've not felt much like reviewing them, individually at least. But I stumbled across the photos I took of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, which I read at the end of last year and decided to share my thoughts on this much talked about book. 

I read The Hate U Give on the recommendation of Steph. It's not my usual read, and probably not one I would have picked up otherwise, but I was excited to step outside of my comfort zone with this one. I'd heard a lot about it, especially as when I came to read it it had just been made into a movie, but I tried not to let the hype sway me.

That being said, the hype was well earned. The Hate U Give is a fantastic, important novel about race, racism and the importance of standing up for what matters most. Everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime, it will really open your eyes to the everyday racism that goes on at every level of society.

This is a book best read with a box of tissues to hand, as it's incredibly emotional and heart-breaking at points. What makes this book so emotive is that although it's fiction, shocking racist events like this take place all over the country everyday and it's wrong. This book will make you angry, it will make you want to stand up and fight back but that's no bad thing. In fact, it's a very, very good thing in this reader's opinion.

So if you haven't jumped on the THUG hype yet, go out and grab yourself a copy of the book now. Then rent the movie, because that is an excellent adaptation of the book. You won't regret it, I promise.

Rating: *****

Have you read The Hate U Give? What did you think?

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