Monday, August 9, 2021

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My parents didn’t raise me to fear the police, just to be smart around them. They told me it’s not smart to move whilst a cop has his back to you.

Khalil does.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful, gripping and piercingly relevant YA novel about inequality, police violence, 21st century prejudice and one girl’s struggle for justice.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

This was the Tsundoku Squads July read, and I had ben looking forward to this one for ages. And boy was it good! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. 

So the first thing to say about this book is the strength and courage by the main character Starr is amazing. Reading the scenes with her and Khalil in the car being stopped by police were heartbreaking and shocking. I can’t imagine being in a situation like that. 

The very real situations in the story are f from easy reading sometimes, but I fully agree with my other book group gals that this should be on the school curriculum, its so important. I woul love my daughter who is coming up to 13 to read this.

The love in the book shines through massively. Starr’s family are amazing and the bond between her and her uncle is lovely. But hw I loved most was the relationship between Star’s mam and dad. There is a one scene which warmed my heart and it was a simple scene, but showed the true love between the couple. If you read it or have read it, I’m sure you’ll know which bit I mean.

All in all this was an amazing book and I gave it a huge 5 stars. The group also collectively gave 5 stars, which I think was our first 5 star group read! I bought Angie Thomas other book too as soon as I finished THUG, Concrete Rose which centres on Big Mav’s youth, so I’m looking forward to that one.

Check out Em’s collective group review here:

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