On February 28, 2017, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was published. Since then, it has already been signed a movie deal, became a New York Times bestseller and has been the reason of many 5-star reviews. The novel follows Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old black girl who is living in two worlds: her poor neighborhood and her fancy, predominantly “white” prep school. Her worlds begin to collapse after she witnesses a police officer murder her friend, Khalil, who happened to be unarmed. When the news comes out that Khalil was unarmed, protests begin. Though news channels choose to only broadcast that he has a history of selling drugs. Starr then realizes that her voice is the most important in this situation. Because she knew who Khalil really was and she witnessed his death. Starr begins to question whether she should speak out about a dark moment in her life. She also tries to navigate life at school as she chooses to not tell anyone about the recent events in fear of being seen as a stereotype at her prep school: the ‘angry black girl’.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas wrote Starr Carter’s character in an authentic sense. She doesn’t have everything figured out and she has fears, just like every other teenage girl. That’s something that I’m sure a lot of people can connect to, whether they’ve gone through a situation like Starr’s or not.
The Hate U Give is a book meant to educate, and to help understand. It deserves all the recognition that it is getting, not only for the amazing writing, but for the message throughout the story.
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