Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Paperback: 438 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
“A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching YA novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” John Green
I don’t even know where to start with this book! It was absolutely heartbreaking, eye opening, emotional… just fantastic. Also completely necessary. There isn’t a lot of work out at the moment highlighting issues such as these, especially in the YA section. I feel this really filled a necessary gap in the market and it filled it incredibly well.
The Hate U Give was written as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. It begins with a girl called Starr who is out one night with her friend when they’re stopped by the police. A white policeman shoots her friend when he was completely unarmed. This then starts the debate with Starr of saying nothing and “ignoring” what happened to her friend and the treatment of the officer or speaking out and starting a bit of an uproar. It also opens the issue of her word against his word and who is more believed. Why are they more believed? Is it because of race, age, status, etc?
I really felt like I was part of Starr’s life reading this book. Angie’s writing really submerses you in to the story, you feel what Starr feels and see what she sees. I love the language the author used and I enjoyed the different characters in the book. I honestly feel like I learned something from reading this book and I am definitely more motivated to help in any way I can to ensure equal rights for everyone.
Being a white, technically “middle class” person myself, I really can’t speak for the people represented in the book. I can’t speak as to how their lives currently are and how true this is to current situations. I can’t speak as to how these situations make them feel and if they feel differently treated by those who are supposed to be protecting them. What I do know is that unfortunately, this does seem to be a problem from things I hear and see on TV. I honestly don’t understand treating a person differently because of the colour of their skin. I don’t think this is acceptable in any case whatsoever, and I look forward to a world where everyone is treated equally regardless.
The only last thing I have to say is thank you to Angie Thomas for writing such an incredible and insightful book. I think this will become a complete staple and a classic in time to come.
Love & Laughter