Book Review: The Hate U Give

the hate u giveThe Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Place a hold here.

Starr Carter is torn between two worlds. Her home is in the projects where wearing the wrong color can get you shot, where police officers can be more dangerous than the gangbangers, where “snitches get stitches” and loyalty is everything. But she is equally at home in her elite, suburban prep school where the students’ biggest concerns are basketball games and dating drama.

When Starr witnesses her childhood friend, Khalil, being fatally shot by a cop, she’s the only person alive who knows what really happened. But sharing what she saw could destroy her place in both of her worlds.

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So many feels. This book is full of feels. I am so sad for Khalil’s family. I am enraged at the cop who shot an unarmed teenager and the society that created him. I feel sympathy for Starr and her family and the dilemmas they face. I fear for their safety. I am warmed by the obvious love they share.

Sometimes, when an author has an important topic to discuss within the pages of their book, they skimp on character development and plot. Not this author. Starr, Khalil, their families, and their friends are fully realized and realistic. Their troubles and reactions are all too real. They feel fear and anger but also love and humor and joy.

If The Hate U Give sounds good to you, you might also like:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi  (Place hold.)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon  (Place hold.)

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds  (Place hold.)

X; A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Place hold.)

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Tara

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