Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Plot 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.
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.
ngie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a powerful and deeply impactful story that tackles themes of racism, police violence, identity, and the power of voice. With its compelling characters, thought-provoking narrative, and raw emotional intensity, this book is a timely and essential read.
One of the greatest strengths of The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’s ability to create authentic and fully fleshed-out characters. Starr is a relatable and multidimensional protagonist, whose voice is raw and honest. Her journey from silence to activism is a powerful one, and readers are immediately drawn into her world, experiencing her pain, anger, and determination.
The writing style of The Hate U Give is engaging and accessible, making it a compelling read for both young adult and adult audiences. The dialogue is sharp and authentic, capturing the voices and experiences of the characters with authenticity and depth. Thomas expertly balances moments of heartbreak and despair with hope and resilience, creating a narrative that resonates long after the final page.
The Hate U Give also excels in its portrayal of family dynamics. The relationship between Starr and her family is a central aspect of the story, showcasing love, support, and the challenges of protecting one another in the face of adversity. The familial bonds portrayed in the novel are heartwarming and add depth to the narrative.
The Hate U Give is an exceptional and necessary novel that confronts important issues of race, identity, and social justice. Angie Thomas’s gripping storytelling, well-developed characters, and powerful messages make it a standout work in contemporary young adult literature. This book sparks important conversations and fosters empathy and understanding. Without a doubt, The Hate U Give deserves a resounding five-star rating.