Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published Date: February 28, 2017
So I found this book before I saw the movie trailer. I was in Half Priced Books, where I buy a lot of my books, and I was looking at the most popular books this month section, and that is when I came across the book. After reading the back of this book, I was like wow this is an important book for every single person to read. I thought this book was incredibly gut wrenching and an important story that needs to be told, even though this particular story is fiction, this story has been reality to a lot of African Americans throughout history, and it needs to stop. This book is also banned in a lot of schools throughout America, because of the language. This book should not be banned in any classrooms. The language is nothing more than what kids hear on a daily basis and there are a lot more worse books that are not banned in classrooms. It is just ridiculous in my opinion. It is Banned Book Awareness week (September 23-29).
About Banned Book Awareness week from https://bannedbooksweek.org/coalition/ :
“The Banned Books Week Coalition is an international alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.
One way to support Banned Books Week and the right to read is to patronize the coalition sponsors. Keep reading to find out about the members of the coalition and how you can champion their work.”
I thought that was important to note because it is an important week. Anyways, back to my book review! This book is focused on a high school student named Starr Carter. She lives in two different worlds, as she explains it. The poor, mainly black neighborhood where she has grown up and lives in and the mainly white prep high school she attends. She acts like a completely different person at the prep school she attends, because she doesn’t want anyone to have a reason to call her “ghetto”, but when she’s in her home neighborhood she can be herself. She struggles with this throughout the book. In addition, to struggling with letting her white boyfriend into her real world. She doesn’t think he will understand the world she lives in.
She attends a party in her neighborhood and shots break out. Her childhood friend Khalil offers to drive her home. As they are on their way home they get pulled over by a white police officer. Khalil at first gives the officer attitude about why they were getting pulled over, but then takes out his license and registration. The officer still tells him to get out of his car. He pats Khalil down and then goes back to his cop car to check his license. Khalil leans in the car to ask Starr if she is okay, but the cop ends up shooting Khalil three times, because he said he has a gun, but all it was was a hairbrush. Starr world comes crumbling before her and she has to decide if she wants to stay in the dark about what really happened to her best friend or speak out against what happened. Speaking out there will be consequences and concerns to her safety. Khalil’s becomes a national headline and he is being pinned as a drug dealer. As if that makes it okay that a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black 17 year old. Starr has an important decision to make. Does she end up risking her life to speak out about the injustices?
This book is incredible and I recommend it to everyone. Books like these need to exist.
Back of book synopsis:
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!
“Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds
“Stunning.” —John Green
“This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A powerful, in-your-face novel.” —Horn Book (starred review)
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.
And don’t miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.