Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

February 7, 2018 Book Reviews 6

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 464
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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.

Reading Challenges: Library Love

 

There’s a lot to this one, so please bare with me. I read this book about a week ago and I have been going back and forth about how I want to review this.

Let’s get one thing out of the way, I cannot believe this is a debut! I was flat out crying in most of it, almost sobbing, laughing the next moment, then crying again. It’s a tremendously harsh story, but with so many positive silver linings. It was easy to read, but also hard to get through.

As a YA, I think these types of books, whether we enjoy it or not, are needed in today’s society. Even if you do not agree with the plot of the story, or the reasoning behind it. It’s books like these that will help to slowly open the eyes of individuals that do not have to live this type of book, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Starr

Starr Carter is an average teen. She’s trying to get through school and hopefully go to college. She enjoys the same thing all teenagers enjoy, but realizes that she’s different, and being different makes her stand out. Starr has to deal with that reality every day in and out of school. She is dealing with it, but it’s taking a toll on her, even before page 26.

Her parents are pushing her because they do not want her to have their difficult way of life. They want her to live, to be happy, to live long. In her community, this is something that not everyone gets. Many teens do not even get to graduate, or even to see their 18th birthday. So, to have her parents in her life, there immediate attention on her whenever she makes mistakes, whenever she needs them, it’s imperative.

A Parent’s Presence

Which is one reason I love this story. The parents are present. MORE so than Starr and her siblings want them to be. Later on in the story when Starr is getting into some trouble, her parents send her multiple texts and voice mails, that get exceedingly more and more frantic and upset! They’re worried for her! They’re also pissed that she isn’t answering her phone! I love this. LOVE! This is so real to life. And her parents are crazy! I mean that in such a great way. They are just full of love but they also know how difficult the world can be. But they will stand up for their children. <3 I can’t fan girl over them enough. Seriously.

Page 26, The Crying Starts

Page 26 is when the real story starts. There are many different characters that help to build on this situation, to calm Starr, even when it’s impossible for her to be calm. They help her get through some tough times. And there are even characters that don’t know how to deal with the real possibility that Starr has to see things that nobody should have to see in their lives. Especially as children. Even through her friend’s death, and having to say that a white cop is the culprit, and that it was murder, Starr has to live a life. She can’t bury her head or forget that any of this happened. She has to face it.

Which makes the book horrific. I love horror movies, but this was so real to today’s world. I just wanted to close the book and rock myself to sleep! But, as her dad, Mav says, the brave have to face the hatred that is out there, right around the corner.

Today

It was a tough story to read, and I can see why there is so much discussion about it. It’s a polarization but I think more importantly, this can help to open the eyes of those that do not have to live this day in and day out. There’s so much important information in there, and at the end of the day, this story is about a girl that has found out what it means to be brave, even when you’re scared.

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

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6 Responses to “Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’m looking forward to reading this one but I’m trying to put some space between it and Dear Martin. I’ve heard only such good things about this book and I agree, totally relevant. Something ugly happened yesterday in my neighborhood and before you knew it, racial slurs were being thrown. Society can be so ugly some times.

    I LOVE that the parents are present in this book. In so many YA they aren’t, which is one of my pet peeves. Great review, I know this was a hard one for you to put into words.

    • Christina

      I think it was your post of Dear Martin that had me looking at that one as well. I agree though. I need some space between the two of them. I’m so sorry something like that happened in your neighborhood. It’s so easy to not turn on the television and just ignore the world, but this is all around us! I just want to put us all in a bubble with puppies!

      It was a hard review though, but mainly because I was working so hard not to express my own political ideas and skew the ideas in the book. She writes it so well I just feel like everything I said is not going to do it justice!

        • Christina

          That’s the only way to stay sane! I know my pup (the white guy, I need to post more pics of him), is my therapy pup! <3 I think we'd all be happy and too busy petting puppies to be mean to anyone.

  2. Joy Weese Moll

    The Hate U Give was my favorite book of 2017. I loved the roles that the adults play in this book. We get to learn about life from them, right alongside Starr.

    • Christina

      I’m so glad I was able to get it from my library. I was worried but with it going around the internet like it’s on fire, I just had to try. So, so good!