Review: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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Start Carter is caught between two worlds. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, those two worlds collide. Soon protests erupt because her friend was unarmed. The shooting is being brought to attention by the media, and they want to know what really happened with Starr being the only witness. Will she stay silent or will she gather her courage?

The Hate U Give was brought to my attention because it is a book that’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. And from the very first page I was riveted. This was exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now. The writing is just superb. I loved every single bit. It was everything I knew it would be and more. Having cried twice throughout the book, I was moved to tears. Honest and real, this was a page turner and I finished it one day!

What can I say about our heroine? She doesn’t know she’s one first of all. She thinks she’s ordinary but we all know she’s not. I liked that she grows and matures. Seeing how she kept her two sides to her personality because she’s torn between Williamson Posh Starr and the real Starr who swears a little. It tore me up that she had to pretend so she could fit in. The rest of the characters are just spot on and I LOVE how loving, supportive and caring her family is. Every single character is vibrant and just so lovely. Her talks with both her parents were just perfect. Her older brother Seven is over protective while her younger brother Sev is just as annoying as any little brother can be.

Unforgettable, powerful and thought provoking, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will inspire and move readers until the last page!

book quotes

“What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook?”
“No, and you’re forbidden to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.”
“You haven’t responded to my friend request yet.”
“I know.”
“I need Candy Crush lives.”
“That’s why I’ll never respond.”
I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.
I used to tell him he was so pale he looked like a marshmallow. He hated that I compared him to food. I told him that’s what he got for calling me caramel. It shut him up.
I don’t talk like me or sound like me. I choose every word carefully and make sure I pronounce them well. I can never, ever let anyone think I’m ghetto.
What’s worse than being the Angry Black Girl? The Weak Black Girl.
Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.
Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families.
Faith isn’t just believing but taking steps toward that belief.
I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving.
Hailey asked if we ate a cat. Because we’re Chinese.
We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?
At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.
It seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person could be charged in his own murder, you know?
You treated me normal. You were my normal.
Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr. It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.
It seems stupid now though, I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me? That’s like being ashamed of myself.

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1 Comment

  1. Alexa (alexatalksbooks)

    May 23, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    This is still on my TBR shelf! I’ve been wanting to read it and I’ve only been hearing great things! IDK what I’m waiting for.
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