The Hate U Gave by Angie Thomas – A Review

Genre: Amazingly Diverse and Important YA

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: The Hate U Give follows the life of sixteen-year-old African-American Starr, who is the sole witness to the murder of her friend at the hand of a White police officer. Starr must come to terms with her loss; while reconciling her two worlds i.e. the prep school she attends and the “ghetto” neighbourhood she grows up in; and hopes to find the courage to ensure that her friend gets the justice he deserves.

My thoughts: I cried, I laughed, I felt inspired, and I wanted to know everyone else who read it feel the same way. I flipped loved it. I don’t know how to write this without any spoilers. The book made me want to watch reruns of Fresh Prince, play some basketball and listen to Tupac. I’ve only realistically done one of those things and it definitely isn’t basketball.

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Angie writes so casually you can hear Starr’s sixteen-year-old voice -even when she’s being petty- in your head. The premise of the story is very topical, that it may hit a nerve with some people. But this book was necessary. Necessary to evoke empathy from people who may have never considered this side of the story. Necessary to share the stories of people who see this as every day and are yet forgotten by mainstream media.

Aside: The movie based on the book, starring Amandla Stenberg – which I’m willing to overlook, is coming out this, I CAN’T WAIT!!

Verdict: If you like The Fault in Our Stars, you can read about this Starr.

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