Friday, May 26, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give begins like an Alessia Cara song.

“I shouldn’t have come to this party.” 

This is what sixteen year old Starr Carter thinks before shots ring out at a Garden Heights party. By the end of the night, Starr’s life is changed forever, when a police officer kills her childhood friend, Khalil. 

Khalil’s death quickly becomes headline news. Starr must decide if she is willing to speak her truth, even as the media makes her friend out to be nothing more than a drug dealer and gang banger. Starr finds herself trapped between two worlds—her white suburban high school where she has no greater fear than being labeled 'ghetto' and, Garden Heights, where residents desperately seek justice for Khalil’s murder.

The best thing about this novel is that author Angie Thomas doesn’t take it easy on anybody. Even though she boldly tackles the issue of police brutality in African American neighborhoods, she also asks tough questions about race of everyone involved—from the police officers to Garden Height’s residents and Starr’s very own family. This book makes it clear that there aren’t any easy answers. Everybody has some waking up to do.

While this book is filled with many intense and suspenseful moments, it also has a lighter side as Starr experiences the excitement of first love and spends 'dawww'-worthy quality time with her humorous and quick-witted family. Not to mention Starr also fangirls hard over the Jonas Brothers, Drake, and Harry Potter. Oh, and if you are a lover of 90's hip-hop and R&B, please don't let this read pass you by. The pop culture references will fill you with bubbly nostalgia.

Other books you can check out are: Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson and The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Riviera

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