The Hate U Giveby Published 28 Feb 2017
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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.
"The Hate U Give" Reviews
The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen—people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.
Maybe this can be it.
There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged and unputdownable - books that are not important as such, just really fucking good. But, on occasion, you find one of those rare wonderful creatures that is both important AND really fucking good.
The Hate U Give is one of those books.
I could tell you that this book is inspired by the "Black Lives Matter" movement. I could tell you that it rips unapolegetically into a subject that needed to be ripped into - the shootings of unarmed black people by police officers, as well as racial bias in the justice system. I could tell you that it opened my eyes to aspects of white privilege I never considered. All of that needs to be said, for sure, but I feel like I'm doing this book a disservice by highlighting its sociopolitical importance over the fact that it's also a fantastic, powerful and utterly unforgettable book.
I don't know what your experiences were as a child, but when I was young, I remember my parents giving me a talk about how if I was ever lost or in trouble, I should look for a police officer. They would protect me, look after me, and make sure I got back to my parents unharmed. They are the people in society we should be able to trust. But the black protagonist of this book - Starr - gets a very different talk. About how to behave around police officers so she doesn’t get arrested. Or shot.
Unfortunately, her friend - Khalil - never got that talk.
I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.
The Hate U Give is about how Starr deals with the aftermath of witnessing Khalil being shot by a cop for... doing absolutely nothing wrong. Her fear is palpable as she confronts a system that she knows is working against her. She's afraid to speak out, yet angry that Khalil's murderer could escape justice. We see, through Starr's eyes, how the media presents young black men as guilty until proven innocent - and when you're poor, black, and from a rough neighborhood, it's virtually impossible to appear innocent.
Though, at its heart, this book first and foremost captures the perspective of a scared young girl. A girl with a loving family, complicated friendships with white teenagers at her school, and a white boyfriend. The relationship dynamics run alongside the fight for justice and are no less compelling. Thomas deftly portrays complex, nuanced relationships between all the people in the book, considering the divides between Starr and her white classmates, but never allowing anyone to become cliche or one-dimensional.
Little humorous gems lay scattered throughout the dialogue:
Momma reaches her fork onto my plate and breaks off a piece of pancake. “What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook?”
“No, and you’re forbidden to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.”
“You haven’t responded to my friend request yet.”
“I need Candy Crush lives.”
“That’s why I’ll never respond.”
It's incredible how The Hate U Give manages to both break your heart and warm it in the space of just a few pages.
What else can I even say? If you want to have your heart ripped out - read this book. If you want to read a great book about a girl dealing with family and relationships - read this book. If you want to cry, laugh, and then cry some more - read this book. If you're ready to change this stupid fucking world - read this book.
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This was such a heartbreakingly honest account of what is happening in America right now. As a white reader, the experience this story affords its readers cannot be taken for granted. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes you into the heart of Garden Heights after the main character has witnessed the wrongful murder of her best friend Khalil by a police officers. Being Canadian, as well as being white, I have the privilege of not having to deal with any of the things Starr deals with on a day to day basis but the experience of being alongside her as she grappled with the injustice of it all gave me a completely new understanding of what is going on in America. I obviously am not ignorant to it all, but this just felt like an honest firsthand account. It really is indescribable. This is such an important read and I highly encourage you to pick it up.
I will do a full spoiler free review and spoiler discussion on my channel very soon.
This is a MUST READ for 2017 releases.
I absolutely adored this book. I truly don't feel like it has a single flaw. Every topic addressed was approach so wonderfully and did not hold back. If you're looking for a diverse read that stands out amongst most YA, The Hate U Give is the book for you.
I love Starr Carter so much. She's honestly such an inspiration to girls looking to find their voice. She is resilient, authentic, and everything we need in adolescents today. Although she is not completely fearless, she embraces the adversity in her way and stands against it. I don't know many people who could juggle the stresses in her life and come out weapons (in this case, words) blazing. Every moment in this book just filled me with pride for this girl and it was a pleasure being able to watch her grow.
I also love the family dynamic in this book. I think it honestly might be the most healthy, realistic, close-knit family I've ever read in a YA. The siblings may tease each other, but they protect each other fiercely. The parents may not always get along, but they are head over heels in love. They always attempt to do what is best for their children, even if it may not be their own personal preference. It was so nice to have just a scene of a family sitting down to watch sports together, throwing a pool party, always working together. It is something I truly valued from this read.
The strongest aspect of this book is it's social commentary and political criticism. This is the kind of book that should be in the hands of teens, making them aware of current issues, educating them on pressing matters, and encouraging them to get involved to create change. I absolutely left this read with an entirely new perspective I will carry with me in the future. It poses many important questions about racism, police brutality, discrimination, and prejudice while also answering them in a comprehensive and inviting way. It was fascinating to see the integration of such a powerful movement implemented into an accessible form of media for teens. I truly don't think you can leave this book without SOMETHING that will have made you say "I never thought about it this way", "When you put it this way, that actually makes a lot of sense.", and "I'm glad someone finally told me this."
Although this book is full of important moments related to the current state of marginalized populations, it is primarily about using your voice. I believe this book has the power to make readers realize just how much their words matter. Starr Carter is a perfect example of an individual who feels their voice does not matter but through courage, risk-taking, and ultimate strength, she realizes how crucial it is to speak up for what you are passionate about no matter how terrifying the consequences may seem. And I believe you will leave this book with that revelation as well.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's absolutely one of my favorite books of the year. I am so happy The Hate U Give exists, and I'm even more ecstatic that it is a 1! NYT best seller, out in to the world, ready to help teens realize how important they really are. Please pick up "THUG". You will not regret it.
“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
Every white person on this planet needs to read this book.
"Lack of opportunities. Corporate America don't bring jobs to our communities, and they damn sure ain't quick to hire us. Then, even if you do have a high school diploma, so many schools in our neighbourhoods don't prepare us well enough. Our schools don't get the resources to equip you. It's easier to find some crack than it is to find a good school around here.
Now think 'bout this. How did the drugs even get in our neighborhood? This is a multibillion-dollar industry. That shit is flown into our communities but I don't know anybody with a private jet.
Drugs come from somewhere, and they're destroying our community.
You got folks like Brenda, who think they need them to survive, and then you got the Khalils, who think they need to sell them to survive. The Brendas can't get jobs unless they're clean, and they can't pay for rehab unless they get jobs. When the Khalils get arrested for selling drugs, they either spend most of their life in prison, another billion-dollar industry, or they have a hard time getting a real job and probably start selling drugs again.
That's the hate they're giving us, a system designed against us. That's Thug life."
This book opened my eyes. I don't want to say too much, but I love how popular this book is, being No. 1 on the NYT bestseller list and already having cast Amandla Stenberg as the lead actress in the movie adaption. We need this, America needs this, YA fiction needs this. Angie Thomas gets so many things right, and so many readers can learn about black culture, cultural appropriation, covert and internalized racism and so much more through this.
Apart from that, this book is simply good. It could be a biography, that's how realistic it feels. The characters have depth, the plot isn't overly dramatic but still exciting. And honestly, it's so so hilarious. Doesn't matter if the characters are joking about Voldemort or getting their butts whooped by their parents, it's laugh out loud material. The first few pages might be a little difficult to get through, because it takes a while to get used the the writing and the slang, but it's worth to keep going, believe me. The thing is, I wasn't overly emotional while reading this. I didn't cry ugly tears or had my heart broken. This is no TFIOS. But it's real and it's perfect.
Another thing I love is when authors turn out to be huge Potterheads. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good Harry Potter reference, or five.
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Update: you don't understand how fricken sorry I am for having this fricken review reappear on your feeds, honestly I've GENUINELY considered DELETING it bc of all the misery its caused in my life (that's what I get for having a fricken opinion) but then what would that show about this community being open minded and tolerant to different voices?
but I want to bring to attention something that I said some time ago in the comments that might have been perceived as hurtful and I honestly did not mean it in that way at all. (and no this isn't me trying to cover up anything, i'll explain)
So, I commented something along the lines of how 'the world is reaching a point where coloured people are becoming more privileged that white people' and honestly, as a person who fits in multiple minority groups and is not black or white, I didn't MEAN that in the way it came out. I honest to goodness meant it as a hyperbole and it was written in a moment of haste and frustration. NEVERTHELESS, I take full responsibility if i was misunderstood.
At the time, I was very irritated with the thread bc it felt like people were just commenting to insult me and had no care for my opinion or feelings or just any manners whatsoever. As you can probably see by scrolling through the comments (a lot of them are brash and immature) and I stopped replying and I even physically had to stop myself to coming back to read the comments bc they were making my life miserable.
But I do realize how it could be interpreted in a harmful manner and I apologize if it was.
Again, no one has to agree or believe me, I just wanted to take responsibility for my actions and be mature about it.
I'M REALLY SORRY THIS IS BACK ON YOUR FEED. PLEASE FORGIVE ME.
Before you start this review I’d like to ask you to put on your Objective Glasses on for a moment.
You’re not obliged to agree with me or disagree with me, but I would most definitely appreciate if you hear my arguments before you go ahead and give judgement.
Also, I’m entitled to my opinions and you’re entitled to your opinions, and discussions are encouraged but please remember to keep it respectful.
~Minor Spoilers Ahead but they are MARKED~
Prepare for controversy.
Reverse Racism *I wanna get back to this point in the bottom
There were numerous moments when Starr wanted to break up with her boyfriend Chris on the sole basis of, ‘he’s white.’
“You’re white, okay?” I yell. “You’re white!”
“I’m white?” he says, like he’s just hearing that for the first time. “What the f*ck’s that got to do with anything?”
“Everything! You’re white, I’m black. You’re rich, I’m not.”
Secondly, towards the ending of the book [spoilers removed] this conversation takes place:
“I swear, I don’t understand white people.
Breadcrumbs on macaroni, kissing dogs on the mouth—”
“Treating their dogs like they’re their kids,” I add.
“Yeah!” says DeVante. “Purposely doing shit that could kill them, like bungee jumping.”
“Calling Target ‘Tar-jay,’ like that makes it fancier,” says Seven.
“F*ck,” Chris mutters. “That’s what my mom calls it.”
Seven and I bust out laughing.
“Saying dumb shit to their parents,” DeVante continues. “Splitting up in situations when they clearly need to stick together.”
I understand that this scene is all in good fun, but it made me feel VERY uncomfortable while I was reading it.
Now I want you to use those objective glasses we talked about earlier and objectively tell me, that if this was reversed with races, everyone wouldn’t be flipping crap over it, because I’m positive they would.
Here’s a rule I like the stick with: if I’d find it offensive if it was pinned on me, I don’t speak it. It’s not worth it to hurt someone for a silly joke.
Now most of the book felt very real. I was constantly impressed by how the author was able to convert reality into fiction, however there were parts of the book that I felt were just EXAGERATED in order to make the crime worse by tenfold.
Hailey, Starr’s friend from school, [spoilers removed]
At this point, that’s BEYOND racist, that’s just barbaric, inhumane, and disgusting. In WHICH WORLD does a person say a teenager DESERVED to die???!!?
I found this book to be very LONG for a contemporary. It took me over 20 days to finish this book and I DON’T take that long to finish books.
It lost my attention one too many times and I thought could be condensed down to a 300 paged book rather than 400+ pages.
Back to what I was talking about earlier
*The whole thing with reverse racism is that people claim that because white people never faced a calamity on a racial scale, then racism cannot be committed against them. Well, let’s take a trip down history lane. . .
. . .during the 19 and 20th century, Irish immigrants were treated like slaves in North America. They were called “filthy people” by the other citizens, they were depicted as gorillas in drawings, and they were refused work and housing on the SOLE basis that they were Irish.
So what’s my point?
My point is that I will stand against racism, but I will stand against all types of racism.
I will NOT stand for Black racism, or Brown racism, or Asian racism, or Arab racism, or White racism. One is as bad as the others and while I understand the message this book is trying to portray, making racist remarks about white people, even in passing, cannot be overlooked. That’s defeating the whole purpose.
It’s simple. Respect people, respect nations. Don’t point fingers or pass the cruelty you faced on to another; that doesn’t solve anything, it just makes it worse.
On a positive note, I do feel that this entire book has a very very very strong and important message and the author conveyed it beautifully. The positive family dynamics was one of the best I’ve ever read about in YA.
It was very emotional to read about Starr’s journey and I very much enjoyed the book but you don’t need me to point of the positive aspects of this book. There are thousands of reviews doing just that, so that's why I reserved this review for the parts of the novel that made me uneasy.
Thanks for listening all, I’d greatly appreciate your thoughts concerning the topic if you so please. :)
Buddy read with these crazies, Amy ♡♡ & Praggs ♡♡
So much hype with this book !!