Review * The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
Published on: February 28, 2017
Pages: 444

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.

Midnight Thoughts

If you haven't read The Hate U Give Yet I cannot recommend it enough. It was our book club pick for April and I was disappointed that I couldn't go because there is so much to talk about. It's current and relevant and really makes you think and feel.

Angie Thomas did a great job at handling a tough topic. While it is a political topic by nature it's not overly political. It's also not about bashing the police. Starr's uncle is also a cop and that added an additional element to the story. There were also a lot of family dynamics at play as well as neighborhood dynamics.

Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough. If you haven't read it already, you should.

Midnight Rating