14 January 2018

Book Review: The Hate U Give; Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds; the poor neighbourhood 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 the police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headlines. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gang banger. Protesters are taking to the street 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 who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” 

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas is a fantastic book that gives you perspective into what it’s like to live as a black person in a society where the colour of your skin effects your day to day decisions. The novel covers a variety of different things about black culture, culture appropriation, internalised racism but  also much more. Every topic addressed was approached so wonderfully and Thomas didn’t hold back. If you’re looking for a diverse read that stands out amongst most YA, The Hate U Give is the book for you. 

I can not recommend this book enough. It’s absolutely one of the favourite books of 2017. I’m so thrilled that The Hate U Give exists and is readily available all. It’s a book that everyone needs to get their hands on, especially YA. It's definitely an eye opener. 

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