“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Rating: 5/5 stars
Format: Audiobook & Physical copy
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.
This right here is why I save my five star ratings. I’m so stingy with them because I want them to go to incredibly powerful and impactful books and that’s exactly what this is, it’s a book that is going to stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page. The Hate U Give is a timely book that I think people will either relate to or learn from – more so being in the latter. You’ve probably already read a million and one reviews on this book so I’ll keep it short because there really isn’t one thing I disliked about this book but if you haven’t read this yet please do! I think this is a book that everyone needs to read and can learn something from.
Angie Thomas makes you feel so damn much while reading this (take it from me, don’t do your makeup while listening to the audiobook), you can tell she poured her entire heart and soul into every single word in this book. There were times where I had to put my book down since I couldn’t see the words over my tears anymore. Her writing, the quotes, the overall theme, and even subliminal messages in this story crushed my entire soul. But it still left me feeling like I can do better. I can’t speak on one single experience Starr and her family goes through, but it made me realize I can speak UP more when it matters and be a better advocate for people whose voices who are ignored far too often just because of their skin color. And sometimes you need a book, a movie, a newspaper article, etc. to call you out and make you realize you could and should be doing better. Hence, why this a book that I think a lot of people can learn something from.
Aside from the authors writing and the overall theme of the story, there were some smaller parts I enjoyed. For starters, I adored Starr’s parents. They didn’t have the perfect relationship when they were younger, but their unwavering love for one another and their children made my heart swell. I really enjoyed all the smaller issues that were included in this that Starr was also dealing with – her boyfriend, her friend at school not understanding the severity of what was going on, her home life with helping DeVante get out of the gang life…it was all just so important to the plot and never once felt overwhelming. There’s just a whole lot to love in this book.
“When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me.
One was the usual birds and bees…
The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.”
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”
All in all, the only thing I feel I can really say in closing this is again, if you haven’t read this book please, please, please do. Learn something from it, do better, be better, speak up when it matters. Even though this book came out a few years ago it still so heavily ties into our society today and is something that will never change unless we keep fighting, keep talking, and never forget the names of those taken from world far too soon from police brutality.
Until next time,