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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, 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.
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!