Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Topics: Friendship, Racism, Activism
Book Type: Fiction
Published on: February 28, 2017
Formats: Audiobook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
Short Review: A rare, painful yet beautifully classic read.
“They finally put a sheet over Khalil. He can’t breathe under it. I can’t breathe.”
A very rare, painful yet beautifully classic read. The Hate U Give easily tops the other YA releases of 2017 with its true depiction of a teen girl and her life being a minority.
Thomas personifies the victims of police brutality and reflects on the lives of those affected by the shootings and like incidents. It was soul stirring and eye opening how Thomas shed light into her community, how the stereotypes and specifically ‘THUG LIFE’ was portrayed. I always heard about the injustice with minority all around the world, being in Saudi Arabia, I’ve been on the receiving end of some gender discrimination but never thought that the Black in the US and minorities, in general, suffer through so much.
The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Movement and I was scared when I picked up the book because I didn’t want it to be another commercial attempt to end racism. What I loved about the book was that Thomas didn’t preach, she didn’t put an end to racism, just the beginning of it ( the end). It’s realistic, crafty, inspiring and so beautiful. The tragedy of Starr is heartfelt and her experience is owned by the reader, throughout the book it didn’t feel like just another story or just a bunch of handwritten characters, but rich personalities living a complex life. I loved every bit of this novel, it’s not just written brilliantly but also well thought out and planned.
Look out for young love, not the cliche cinnamon like romance that creeps most of us. The siblings never keeping secrets and then fighting over it, the parents acting cute and weird all the time, the grandparents being super humans, the family being supportive and crazy all the same, plus drama, loads of it. With gangbangers and drug addicts, with police and mean girls, all the usual, but all the rare.
A YA that deserves to be read in schools, at home, everywhere, by the children and their parents. It leaves us wondering about the tiniest of racism many of us suffer from but never question, about the power of speaking up and standing for something. I truly believe that this book is a start to a revolutionary step against racism everywhere, I hope that as citizens, we’re more careful and responsible and always, always listen to either side of the story.
One other thing Angie has taught me with her inspiring words is the importance of bonding with friends and family. In today’s world, especially with the YA novels, we often talk about ‘not giving a shit’ over stuff which eggs me because I’m the sentimental kid that would notice if you unfollow me on Tumblr and now I know that it does matter. That whatever and whoever you are, you’ll most probably never fit in, even when trying so hard to act, so let’s just drop it? Let’s be ourselves for real this time, not just tweeting or posting about it but for real. Let’s not take or give away any more of hate.
Before I end my review, I’d like to thank Angie for writing this book. You spoke up on behalf of all of us who wouldn’t and that’s something you should be really proud of!
I’d also like to share that the film was optioned by Fox 2000, with “Hunger Games” star Amandla Stenberg to appear as Starr. I’m thrilled and excited for the release, are you?
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.