Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
Starr is caught between two worlds – the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised, and the posh school in the suburbs where she attends. The Hate U Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and it follows Starr as she witnesses the murder of her close friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. As the media makes their own truths about that night, Starr struggles with speaking up and the path for justice.
The Hate U Give is a powerful and emotionally charged book. It is also unflinchingly honest and incredibly relevant right now. It sparks a conversation that is hard to ignore and it’s going to be an important book to a lot of people.
My favourite thing about The Hate U Give was the family dynamics. I loved Starr and her family; how supportive and loving they were. I adored how they looked out for each other, their affection for one another, acceptance, and their friendship. Starr herself had a distinct and powerful narrative, and her fight for justice is why I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Angie Thomas is a phenomenal writer and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
This book deserves all the hype it gets, and more. It’s an unforgettable read, and if it isn’t on your to-be-read list, it should be.