Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards

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.

One of the best books I’ve read in 2018 and still resonates with me this 2019. When I saw this book in the bookstore amongst other hyped YA books, I didn’t have second thoughts buying this. I may have been a year late reading this, it may have taken me a while to devour every word and every chapter in this book, but I am extremely satisfied and overwhelmed with my experience after reading this masterpiece.

Angie Thomas’ writing is as strong as the forces of nature – pulls me back to earth with its heart-pulling gravitational force, Starr’s strong personality draws me in like a magnet, and the whole story hits me like a lightning and explodes like a volcano of emotions. I don’t know how else to describe this, but one thing is for sure. Starr and her mom and everyone else in this book ripped my soul, shattered my heart, enlightened my mind and opened my eyes to the real world. Angie Thomas deserves to be praised, adored, loved and respected by all facets of life. The Hate U Give is the Book of Love.

’nuff said.

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