‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.
Publisher: Walker Books.
Published: April 6th 2017.
Page Count: 438 Pages.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood 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.
“Khalil, I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll never be quiet. I promise.”
We are going to be honest, we were both a little hesitant going into this book as we have always been a bit cautious when reading books with a lot of hype. We normally just hate how you can be let down and have high expectations. However, ‘The Hate U Give’ definitely deserves all the hype it is receiving and more!
It has taken us some time to compose our thoughts for this book review as we were just left in awe after reading this stunning novel! There are so many outstanding messages throughout this book! Our favourite part of this book would be that the characters showed so much courage and boldness! The book itself was beautifully honest in the way that the author’s words fought for justice. This book will definitely be relatable to so many teenagers regardless of colour. This is a powerful novel that everyone should read!
We really struggled expressing our love for this book. It’s one of our favourites for this year by far!
The Hate U Give, was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. The story focuses on the main character, Starr and the required Justice for Khalil (Starr’s childhood best friend). With Khalil’s tragic death, many riots arise fighting for the majority of black lives that have been lost due to prejudice acts. This is one of the many reasons why this story is incredibly important for everyone to read!
We have to say that we absolutely loved this author with her powerful and unique writing style!
Throughout this novel, the author has also focused on positive relationships between both family and friends, keeping a balance which is definitely refreshing!
Starr’s relationship with her parents, uncle and brothers is so precious and true. They are a true family that sticks up for each other through thick and thin. Yes, they did have their disagreements. However, at the end of the day, their love for each other won through.
We found that we were angry and heartbroken throughout this book *many tears were shed!*. The novel broke our hearts although it did make us smile. As we read through these gut wrenching pages, we were definitely behind Starr and all the brave people in the world that stand up for Justice! This book will allow you to truly understand what prejudice is and it make you think how can we make this world better?
‘The Hate U Give’ is such an important and powerful written novel that will be remembered for years to come! We urge everyone to go out and pick this book up whether that be from the shops or a library! This story needs to be shared and heard by everyone all over the world!
Book Rating: 5/5 Stars.
Have you had a chance to read this gorgeous beauty? What are your thoughts?
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