Review: The Hate U Give

Posted 5th April 2021 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Series: The Hate U Give #1
Published by Walker Books on 28th February 2017
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 469
Format: eBook
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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.

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I read this book as part of my works book club. I had had this on my TBR pile for a little while so I was excited to jump in.

This is one of those books that no review would do justice. It’s such a powerful and important story. It’s also, sadly, still very relevant. Angie pulled me in from the very beginning and left me thinking about this story for a long time after. I know it’s one I won’t forget in a hurry. It’s one thing to read about this topic on the news but to see it through a 16-year-olds eyes is something else. Starr is a very brave young girl. She is relatable and very personable.

Starr has such great friends and family too. I’d love to see spin-off books for more of these characters.

I am used to reading YA but usually, it’s YA fantasy so it was a bit of a change to read a YA contemporary. I enjoyed the change of pace. I really liked Angie’s writing style and I’m excited to read more of her books.

About Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.


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