Release Date: 28th February 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
After reading this, I can see why The Hate U Give has been on the NYT Bestsellers List for about a decade (only a slight exaggeration). The Hate U Give is important, topical, and so powerful, and it deserves all the hype it has been getting. I read it in less than a day, partly because I was challenged to, and partly because it’s an incredibly gripping read.
I have to say, it took me a while to get used to the dialogue in this book. There’s a lot of slang and local dialect going on, and, obviously, being from England, it’s entirely different to what I’m used to. However, by “a while”, I mean about forty pages, if not less. The writing itself is captivating, and by the halfway point I stopped getting pulled out of the story by the dialogue and just rolled with it.
Starr is a wonderful protagonist. I loved how Thomas showed her battling with two different sides of herself, and I loved how Starr overcame her inner conflict. She was a really interesting character to read about, and definitely a memorable one.
The relationships in this book were my favourite things. Starr’s parents are a legit OTP, Starr and her siblings had the best relationships, and then there were the various relationships between Starr and her friends, and Starr’s siblings and other family members.
I don’t have anything to add that other people haven’t already said, really. I cried, the book was great, and I’d definitely read it again. I’m looking forward to reading whatever Angie Thomas comes out with next, because if it’s up to this standard then I know I’m going to love it.