Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
This book is hugely important. There’s nothing new I can say about The Hate U Give because it’s really been said already by millions of reviewers. If you’re looking into this book, make sure to check out some #ownvoices reviews because they will probably talk about the book better than I can!!
Anyway, I loved this book. It made me feel so many emotions, mostly importantly pain. I really felt Starr’s two lives and how she is split between her life at school and that in Garden Heights. I really liked that this book touched upon that and how it shouldn’t have to be that way, but unfortunately, it is. Marginalized people ultimately end up living two lives and that’s terrible; it shouldn’t be that way. This entire book was just me saying to myself, “it shouldn’t be that way”, and the sad part is that it is that way. I think this book really spoke honestly to life in America, specifically for PoC.
This book is so relevant. It made me look at the justice system in America differently and see its flaws. I also like how it didn’t make every cop or white person out to be bad, but did show that ignorance and racism are ingrained in society. It focused on large-scale racism (police brutality) and microaggressions, showing the multiple facets of racism in America.
Aside from that, I loved Starr and her family. I loved how every character was so fleshed out and three-dimensional. The world felt so real despite being fiction and every character had their own lives, much like in real life. I especially liked how no one character was really portrayed as amazing. They were all insanely flawed, but good people at heart. There’s nothing I love more than flaws in characters.
Also the constant Harry Potter references were absolute perfection. It was really tuned into pop culture, which usually is bad because it dates a book, but in this situation…I feel like it needed to be dated. This book is for now.
At the end of the day, I think everyone should read this book. It’s my book club’s pick for this month and I’m super excited to discuss it with them all.
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”