Author: Angie Thomas
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Genres: YA Contemporary
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Walker Books Australia to review.
Summary: 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, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
if you haven’t read the hate u give yet, what are you doing with your life??? it’s honestly so good and it deserves all the hype and praise it’s been getting. the hate u give was inspired by the black lives matter movement and features many eye opening things. i enjoyed seeing starr’s experiences as a black person in america. honestly, this book is so powerful and a phenomenal read.
the hate u give is a debut novel by angie thomas, and i can promise you that she’s an author who’s going to go places. i love the passion that she’s shown throughout the book. (i’ll be preordering every single book thomas plans on writing from now on, okok).
aside from the important social issues that’ve been presented in the book, my favourite thing is the writing style. it’s so beautifully written and easy to read. i had a little trouble with some of the speech, but i appreciate that it was authentic to the people being represented.
i didn’t particularly like starr at the start of the book, but i loved watching her grow as a person and accept herself. she becomes so brave and wonderful. she stands up to her racist friend when she hadn’t had the courage to do so before. i also wasn’t much of a fan of the romance between her and chris. i felt that there wasn’t much to it.
nothing in this book was sugarcoated to suit the white people in the audience, which is why this book is so important. i hope publishers see the success of the hate u give and start publishing/promoting more diverse books in future.