I wish this could of been done sooner, but college has been keeping me busy. However, better late then never and honestly, this is an amazing book. And such a perfect choice for Black History Month.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Sixteen year old Starr Carter is a girl caught between two worlds. The upper class, mostly white private school she goes to and the poor, all black part of town where she lives. Every part of her life is divided, who she is at home and who she is at school is very different. She’s very careful to be one person at home and another at school.
(This next part sounds like a spoiler, but happens very early in the book and is said on the back cover of the book. I knew this before I even picked up this book.)
One day that all changes when her unarmed, childhood friend is killed in front of her. Her two worlds collide as everything she knows is threatened.
Holy crap, I liked this book. It’s a debut novel and I was blown away at how good it is. The main character, Starr is incredible. She has this great voice and very much sounds like a teenage girl. The side characters and plots are all good. There wasn’t any part that I was bored with, or wishing it would move on to the next interesting part. This novel was a world that I wanted to live in longer.
And sometimes, not always in a good way.
One of the most well written scenes is where she’s talking about what her life is like, going to this prep school. Starr talks about how she’s careful never to use slang, never to get angry, because then people will see her only as an angry-black-girl. She has to spend so much of her time making sure she moderates herself so the people around her are comfortable.
That was hard to read. I couldn’t imagine living my life like that.
If there was one thing about this book that I wished I could get more of, is I wish we could of gotten to know her childhood friend, Khalil better. We see him very briefly before he dies and then only hear about him from the other characters. But I wanted more, I never felt like we really really got to know him.
But honestly, that was my only complaint.
The Hate U give has been optioned to be made into a movie and I think it probably will by next year (2019?.) I highly recommend reading this book before the movie comes out. In fact, if you only read one book, make sure it’s this one.
Because it’s one we need to read.