The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Public Library
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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. - via GoodReads
Pure hype drove the decision to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I wanted to know if it was as good as everyone was making it sound or if the current political climate was charging the enthusiasm around The Hate U Give.
You can’t really say that you enjoy a book like The Hate U Give. I knew going in the basis of the book and felt it was going to push me. I truly believe most people are good and decent human beings. Thomas showed the same belief. I liked that I was forced to be out of my comfort zone. I was forced to see things that wouldn’t necessarily be portrayed to me correctly. I know how a news story can spiral out of control. I read Columbine by Dave Cullen. Dave Cullen is a news reporter who was onsite through much of the aftermath of Columbine. After realizing how much news he falsely reported (as did much of the media at the time), he spent 10 years researching and writing to get the story straight. The Hate U Give is complete fiction but so closely based on current events that it made me have a rethink on things.The Hate U Give is complete fiction but so closely based on current events that it made me rethink on things. Click To Tweet
Starr was a great character to watch develop. She starts out as two different people and slowly becomes her own person over the course of the book. I really enjoyed watching Starr come in to her own self. Of course tragic events had a hand in forming the person she becomes. I really enjoyed Starr’s family. It showed the depths of their connections. Thomas did an amazing job showing how people who don’t seem to be all that closely related make a big impact in each other’s lives. It also made me come down off my high horse on people who use/sell drugs. Let me be clear: it’s still a really horrible idea and doesn’t lead to any good; however, it isn’t always a choice people get to make. The neighborhood was described in such detail that as a small town MidWest woman I could easily imagine what it would have been like to grow up in Starr’s neighborhood. Previously that would have scared the life out of me. Now? I can see how it feels like home and it wouldn’t be so scary if you grew up there.
In the end I don’t think there was an answer to the currant situation. I also don’t think Thomas was trying to give an answer. At least not something that can take place overnight. What she did was remind me that we are all human, faults and all. Perhaps if we remembered that more often it would be a better world we live in.