I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
on February 28, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2017 Debut Author Challenge, 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge
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. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.
As soon as I read about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. The book is inspired by Black Lives Matter and, of course deals with a timely and difficult topic. It’s an incredibly important topic. This book needed to be written and it needs to be read, not just by young people, but by everyone.
The Hate U Give is about Starr and her family in the aftermath of one of her old friends being killed by a police office. The incident with the police office happens very early in the book. It reads like all the horrifying news stories of black lives being taken by white police officers. It was gut wrenching and left me speechless. I felt so much for Starr in that scene. It left me reeling right along with her.
The book really details Starr’s day to day life and coping after that. Starr was an interesting character. She had her flaws, but I felt like it was easy to connect to her. I really loved Starr’s family. They were very close and very involved. The family dynamics were wonderfully portrayed. Starr’s parents have disagreements and still get along and stay strong for her. Her father was a very big personality. He really jumped off the page. Her brothers were also really nicely written. They added a lot of fun to the story.
There were a couple of things about the book that I didn’t love or connect to. One was Starr’s relationship with her boyfriend Chris. They have been together a year or so when the story begins. I didn’t really feel much connection between them. It seemed like most of their interactions involved them fighting. It also seemed like Starr instigated most of those fights. It got tedious and it just didn’t work for me.
The second thing that I didn’t love about the book was the pacing. I felt like it was extremely slow at times. It really seemed to drag a bit. I have a tendency to get impatient easily with books these day. So this was probably just my problem. There were a few nights where I had to make myself pick it up. I’m so happy I did, though. The book as a whole is incredibly important.
The Hate U Give is a pivotal read. It’s heart wrenching, insightful, funny, and sobering. While there were a couple of things that brought down my rating I still highly, highly recommend it. Angie Thomas wrote a book that needed to be written. Now you must read it!