Publication Date: February 28th 2017
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, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets 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 alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s been a long time coming but I finally read The Hate U Give and what a ride it was!
I finally picked this up after having it on many TBRs and on my shelf for even longer and I am so happy I finally picked it up because I loved it so much and I flew through it.
So I was pretty nervous going into this because this book has so much hype and so much love around it and I was scared of not loving it as much as everyone else. But BOY was I wrong. I flew through this in about two days.
This book centres around the Black Lives Matter movement as I’m sure everyone already knows. I cried throughout quite a lot of this and you no what, no shame. This book held such an emotional punch and talked about such relevant and incredibly important topics.
It really reflected what’s going on in our crappy lil world at the minute and it really opened my eyes to so much.
Starr was a brilliant main character. I loved the fact that it showed her dealing with all this stuff and in a healthy way too. It showed her crying and grieving and I loved that.
There were a lot of side characters in this book and at first it took me a while to keep up with who was who but I came to love all of them. Each and every one of them had so much personality and I love the atmosphere of their community away from all the gangs and police.
My favourite part about this book was the family dynamic and relationships. Starrs parents were so supportive and always had her back. I also loved Seven and his arc. I also have a different biological parent to my other siblings. With one we share a mum and the other 2 I share a dad and I loved seeing that in this story. Seven in general was just great.
Starrs nan was also hilarious. There was one interaction that just had me dying with laughter at 1am by myself:
“A li’l trouble, huh? Tell the truth boy.” She lowers her voice and asks with suspicious, squinted eyes, “Did you kill somebody?”
“Momma!” my momma says.
“What? I btter ask before y’all have me sleeping in the house with a murderer, waking up dead!”
What in the … “You can’t wake up dead,” I say.
“Li’l girl, you know what I mean” She moves from the doorway. “I’ll be waking up in Jesus’s face, trying to figure out what happened!”
I am so incredibly excited for more people to read this book and for me myself to watch the movie and also Angie Thomas’s next book which has been added to my TBR.