The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a raw, shocking account of a young girl who witnesses a brutal, unprovoked tragedy. Split between two opposing worlds her hands are tied and her voice unheard. Stepping up and speaking up could have devastating consequences, but keeping quiet brings its own set of problems and Starr is stuck in the middle.
I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.
Debut author, Angie Thomas, brings an unflinchingly realistic voice to YA and kicks open a door exposing one of humanity’s greatest failures. The unfair double standards, suspicion, fear and hate of fellow humans, neighbours, summed up in one word: racism.
He also leaves instructions for us – stay inside.
Riding the pages like a rollercoaster, this is a book will shock you, scare you and throw you headfirst into emotions you haven’t experienced before.
We open our eyes, Sekani flinches. I’m used to gunshots, but these are louder, faster.
I became so caught up in the story that I was taken by surprise when the pages ran out. I hope we have more from Angie Thomas in the near future.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Source: Review copy
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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. — Abstract from Goodreads.com