It’s been quite a while since I did a book review… only because I hadn’t read all year in 2017, until I finally went to the bookstore and brought one in December. I don’t know if you guys like reading these (so please let me know!) but I did want to share my review on this novel. These opinions are my own, and I will reveal no spoilers!
The Hate U Give is written by Angie Thomas, and is a young adult novel. It touches base on black culture vs. white, and how these two universes collide. It starts off with the main character, Starr, who is a black teenager living in the suburbs. She is soon faced with the fatality of one of her close friends, who was shot by a white police officer. The whole novel is based around this murder – obviously the black people view it as murder, and the white people view it as self-defence. Throughout the whole story, she has to deal with whether or not she should speak out against this horrific event. As well as living two very different lives – one attending an upper-class, majority white school, and back at home where her Dad is a former gang member.
There is no time to get bored during this novel. Just as I thought that the story could move a little quicker, something would happen. And often I’d find myself reading this for hours on end. I really did enjoy reading it but I found it to be a little of a slower read. I think that’s because Angie Thomas really exceeded telling “black-lives matter” into the story. She really captured what it would be like to have a father as an ex-gang member, how white people treat others differently, and how day-to-day lives are lived. But it was very interesting, nonetheless. I do recommended it 100%!
Let me know if you’ve read this book, and what your opinion is on the story 🙂