I finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been hesitant to write a review. This book has blown up all over the Internet before it was even released. When something is already being talked about by so many people I usually find it a little difficult to put my own opinion out there. I had to let it sit for a while and think about it but I still find it very hard to put my thoughts into words. This review will probably turn out a lot shallower than the book deserves but there’s only so much you can write down. Part of what I’ve been hesitant about is that it approaches such a heavy and difficult subject. What I have now realized is that the message in The Hate U Give is really quite simple. Keep reading to find out more about it.
| Published: 2017 by Walker | Paperback Edition | Price: 8,09 € |
| 448 pages | ISBN: 9781406372151 |
16-year-old Starr is black and lives in a pretty bad neighborhood. The thing she wants to avoid the most is getting judged because of that and being reduced to “that black girl” because of her background. To give her a better education and keep her out of trouble her parents are sending her to a private school that mostly white kids go to, where she’s built herself a group of friends that she likes to keep separate from her “other life” in her neighborhood. When her childhood best friend gets killed by a police officer although he is unarmed and Starr is the only witness, the wall she’s built between her two worlds begins to crumble. Suddenly she’s the only one who can help bring justice to her friend and expose the shooting for the crime it is by revealing what really happened that night. While this difficult decision might endanger her and her family, she also has to decide on what she believes in and who is really important to her.