I was hearing tons of hype about this book for awhile before I started it, and I’m so grateful for that. I think everyone needs to read this; it belongs with The Pearl and Animal Farm as required reading. People need to read this book.
The Hate U Give is about Starr, a young African American girl who watches her childhood best friend get shot by a police officer. It follows her as she deals with speaking up, being a witness, and the trial of the officer in question.
When I read about this book, I thought it was about someone who knew someone who was shot in her community. But it’s about a girl who witnessed the murder. Angie Thomas writes about how sick the memory makes Starr, panic attacks that grip her, and how she has to deal with balancing school, home, and being a witness.
I absolutely adored The Hate U Give. I think it made things much easier to understand. Being a white person, I’m less likely to witness police brutality towards someone who looks like me. My parents never had to sit me down to tell me why it’s important to listen to police officers. Because of this book, I can understand a bit more about what it’s like to have these events destroy a community.
If you’re thinking about reading it, or have it in your TBR, you should go for it. You can grab it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target. This was a phenomenal read, and I can’t wait to see the movie. The Hate U Give hits theaters October 19th (just under 2 months away!!!).
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