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Book review: “The Hate U Give”

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas is a young adult novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The book follows 16-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend by a white police officer. 

Throughout the book, Starr struggles with the duality of her life: she lives in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood while attending a private school comprised of mostly white students. After her friend’s murder, Starr begins to figure out who she really is and who her real friends are.

Published on Feb. 24, 2017, “The Hate U Give” received six recognitions and awards in 2018. 

Fox 2000 also optioned the book for a film adaptation in March 2016 before the book was released.

When the book hit the shelves, it generated so much hype that I lost any interest in reading it. Everyone talked about it and rated it five stars out of five stars. I found it deserved every one of those stars. 

By chapter one, I was already attached to the main character and to the story. In chapter two, I was crying like a baby. This book took me by surprise, deserving all of the hype it had received. 

The writing made me feel like I was living everything Starr was living. I could not completely relate to the story, because I have never witnessed anything as drastic as an unfair murder. 

Yet “The Hate U Give” made me feel something new and different. Starr’s story put me in the shoes of someone who is experiencing extreme discrimination and racism.  

Thomas taught me one of the best lessons someone could offer when she said, “Don’t let them put words in your mouth. God gave you a brain; you don’t need theirs.”

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