Review: The Hate U Give

Review: The Hate U GiveTitle: The Hate U Give
Author(s): Angie Thomas
Genre(s): Contemporary, YA
Pages: 447 (Kindle)
Source: Library
For: Book Club
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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

I read The Hate U Give for book club. I have been a supporter of the BLM movement from the get go. However, reading The Hate U Give was a very eye-opening experience. I learned a lot. I learned that I’ve lived a very sheltered and, subsequently, safe life. I learned that being a BLM supporter isn’t enough. And, I learned that supporting BLM for the wrong reasons is just as wrong as not supporting it at all.

I thought Starr was a great character. I never realized how tough it was to live in two different worlds or even that there was a need. My naïveté shined through as I read her and Khalil’s story. I’m now wondering how many insensitive comments I’ve made without realizing it.

Never has “white privilege” meant more to me than it does now. Thanks to The Hate U Give, I want to do better. I want to be better.

10 replies
  1. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    My daughter is bi-racial, so I know this straddling-two-worlds thing is something she’ll have to deal with eventually, even if it hasn’t concerned her much so far (she’s only 9). I need to read THUG if only to gain a broader perspective of these issues. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    I really enjoyed this one. Like you, I found reading it to be a very eye-opening experience for me. The Black Lives Matter movement is so much more than what people probably think. I’ve never been in Starr’s position, so there’s no way for me to ever really understand, and I love that Angie Thomas puts that information out there. She’s making it so that everyone can see what’s going on, and how life can be for some people. I cannot wait for the movie to be released!

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?


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