The Hate U Give | Review
The Hate U Give
This book is unapologetic in its depiction of the shootings of unarmed black people, the institutional racism that rarely allows justice to prevail and the ripple effect that such a death has on a community. It forces you to feel. It’s moving. It’s real. And it’s current. This beautifully written story doesn’t allow you to hide from the blatant injustices of todays America.
The story follows the life of 16-year-old Starr Carter, as she deals with the aftermath of having witnessed her childhood friend being shot by the police, for 33essentially no reason. We read as Starr finds her voice and stands up to a system that isn’t designed for her to win.
Although Starr lives in ‘the hood’, she goes to school in the suburbs and has suburban friends who know very little about Starr’s reality, apart from what they see on social media. And we’re able to experience Starr’s battle with juggling these two worlds.
The book touches on important topics, but is still able to warm us with humour and the love of ones family.
The story is powerful and educational and one that should be read and maybe even studied by teenagers today.
The movie adaptation is out shortly and we’re hoping it delivers in the same way the book has!
- Dami Johnson