The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Starr witnesses the murder of her childhood friend Khalil by a police officer. She struggles with speaking up over it between threats from the police and local gangs.
Review: I heard so many great things about this book, there has been so much hype about it. And that hype lived up to it. I had put off reading it because I was afraid with the #BlackLivesMatter subject that it would be too hard of a read. And yes it is emotional but it wasn’t super rough the entire book.
I feel like this is a really important book, one I think would be a good addition to high school curriculums. It’s a very important book, it’s super readable and yet still incredibly powerful. It’s super relevant right now and I think it offers such a good look at where the BLM movement is coming from.
Starr is a very likeable character to me. I think it’s interesting how she changed her personality depending on where she was– whether at her home or her fancy prep school. I like her whole character arc, she had amazing development and I think her struggle to find the real Starr was beautifully written. I think at its core, this is Starr’s coming of age story.
There are so many great characters in this book, Starr’s family, her neighbors, friends and students at her school… They were all super vibrant and lively characters, I didn’t feel like anyone was a stock background character which is such an amazing feat.
Recommendation: I know I’m behind on this but this was such a good book. It tackles a very tough subject well. I really think this is an important book to read.
2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: An “own voices” book