THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
Published: April 6, 2017 by Walker Books (first published February 27, 2018
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I was a bit late to the party, only reading this book in March 2018, but better late than never! Obviously this book received raving reviews, being named ‘Best Debut Author’ in the Goodreads Awards 2017. After having read The Hate U Give, I can agree that this book deserves all the praise it’s getting.
The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful story, and I would recommend that everyone reads this at least once in their life. It’s wonderfully written and the characters are all strong, admirable people.
It’s rare to find a YA contemporary book that doesn’t focus on the female protagonist finding a boyfriend/girlfriend, or maintaining the relationship with said significant other. One of the things I loved most about THUG is that Starr was very much her own person and didn’t need a boy in her life to be relevant. The way that she handled toxic relationships was eye-opening.
That being said, there was something missing for me to give this book five stars. I found Starr a not very believable character, and her relationships and conversations with other characters seemed awkward and forced at times.
Although I loved the story, sometimes it felt like one cliché after the other. Some of the best, strongest quotes from the book aren’t exactly original, and are mostly things I’ve heard many times before.
In any case, I did enjoy this book a lot, and like I said, I think it would do everyone good to read it.