“You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
I’ve heard so much about this book it’s unreal. Everywhere I turn on social media, I hear about how amazing this book is. I would have read it before now but it turns out I’m really stingy – even when it comes to books. So, I’m walking through the library one day and I pass the new arrivals section and I see this book and I almost scream. Out loud. Yes, I know I need help.
A week later, I’ve jumped onto the bandwagon.
Starr Carter is one of the best literary characters in Young Adult fiction. She’s always keeping it real. She’s got an attitude like you wouldn’t believe and has the common affliction of the teenage identity crisis. (Relatable to me, anyway.) Many other characters that I’ve read of are super fake and overdramatic. Not this one, though. She’s pretty cool. Starr lives in the ghetto and one night she witnesses police brutality firsthand by as friend Khalil gets shot multiple times by a police officer. This horrible experience leads her to question herself, Khalil, and the others around her. It also leads to national controversy and tests her bravery as she learns to speak up for the people that she loves dearly.
In light of the craziness of 2016 and 2017, this book is amazing for bringing up one of the most troubling and controversial topics of the past year-and-a-half. I love the themes of this novel (yep, there’s multiple), and the message it gets across. It’s a fiction novel that’s educating in its own way. “The Hate U Give” is a novel that opens your eyes to the world’s problems that are still around us today. Obviously, I read this book from a white person’s perspective. I have to say that doing that made me somewhat understand what the Black Lives Matter movement was about, and why people of color are so angry. Unfortunately, I say somewhat because I know that just seeing it through a fiction novel is not exactly like seeing it firsthand.
Despite the seriousness of this novel, Thomas makes sure to bring some smiles and laughter into this novel, making it even more delightful to read. It’s very comical, and the ships in this novel are definitely real. I mean, come on, Starr’s parents? CUTE!!
I don’t think I could tell you guys how much I loved reading this book. It was beautifully written, hilarious, cute, and eye-opening. I don’t care who you are or where you come from, you must read this book. The hype for this book is definitely real and the time spent reading it is, too. You won’t regret it.
If some of you have read this book already and have some thoughts, leave a comment because I’d love to read them! In the meantime, happy reading!!