Speechless… Utterly Speechless.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a must read. period. exclamation point.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancysuburban 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.
Police Brutality. Senseless Killings. Gang Violence. Family. Black Love. Hope. Black History.
I mean the list of topics discussed could go on and on.
This is the first time that I’m writing a review and I am unable to put into words how I felt about it because it was that good.
I laughed, cried, screamed, wobbled (wink) and everything in between while reading/listening to this book.
Starr, much like her favorite show’s main character Will from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, finds herself stuck between two worlds. One where she is Williamson Prep Starr and Garden Heights Starr and tries to sucessfully maneuver both worlds without losing her identity. We watch as she deals with the aftermath of the murder of Khalil, its effects on her daily life and the impact it had on her community (both Garden Heights and Williamson).
I loved loved loved the relationship Starr’s parents have. I loved that they weren’t a conventional family. I loved that for parts of it, I felt like I was watching one of my favorite movies growing up, ATL.
I was also an emotional wreck as I experienced Starr’s anger, pain, PTSD and bravery throughout the story. It was realistic & relatable.
Angie Thomas has left me in awe.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE. The Hate U Give is a story of love, of experience, of LIFE.
To those of us who are apart of the Black Diaspora, this is our voice. Whether you consider yourself African-American, Black American, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latina, etc. The Hate U Give is our American story.
[I’ve also reviewed this book on goodreads!]