The Hate U Give

Book Review

Book: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Year: 2017
Pages: 444

It’s taken me a very long time to write this review, because I had a lot of thoughts and feelings after reading and I wanted to make sure that I got it right.

This book is without a doubt the most incredibly poignant, and heartfelt story that I have ever read in my life. It covers such an important topic which makes it one of the most critical reads of our lifetime. The fact that I was reading it and trying to remember that it was a recurring problem in America and all of these thoughts and feelings were legitimate ones from real-life people, blew me away at every page.

Even though I was screaming at every single page for Starr to tell her friends and boyfriend what was going on, so they knew why she was acting weird and she could stand up for Khalid – I grew to understand that that is the point of the book. It’s easy for people on the outside to say “why didn’t you do anything”, but you neglect to think about their feelings, or the turmoil that they’re experiencing.

It touches on black lives matter movements, it touches on racial injustice, it touches on white privilege – all while making sure not to alienate readers or preach, but write a powerful narrative with detailed writing. It flows and reads like a biography because of how touching the story is, and how realistic the story reads.

It was heart-breaking to see the media’s perception of Khalid and the way they represented the shooting – especially as I’ve seen it happen in real-life. It was even worse to see Starr’s friends responding to the shooting and the way they all protested to get out of lessons – the irony of standing behind a movement without recognising or helping the problem.

This story is real, and powerful – it is good and hard-hitting but it is necessary to read.

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