Friday, April 21, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Book Review

Genre: Y/A, Contemporary

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: The Hate U Give (THUG) is beautiful, important, topical, and well written. I honestly can't get over the fact that this is Angie Thomas' debut novel. She writes as though she has been doing this for years. Not only is this book phenomenal, Angie is an absolute trend-setter. I read a news article about a week ago that was talking about more political Y/A books coming out in the near future. The thing that makes THUG special is that it is one-of-a-kind in covering topics that other authors have not. Influenced by the Black Live Matter movement, THUG was an eye-opening experience to me (a white 20-something female). I have really been trying to diversify my reading this year, so I am thankful to Angie for releasing this book right when I needed it.

Let's talk about Starr Carter now. Starr was honest, brave, and an absolute inspiration. In her 16 years, she has already been through so much and still remains resilient and true. She witnesses the unlawful death of her best friend, and yet she never lets the media or community turn her away from doing what's right and speaking her voice. I really loved Starr and I can only hope to inspire others as she has inspired me.

With everything that is going on in society, this book could not have come at a better time. Police brutality and and discrimination, unfortunately, are issues we (as a country) are still dealing with. THUG is a book that everyone should read... young, old, black, white. I am so happy that I read it, as I think it will remain in my heart for years to come. This book recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller and it absolutely deserves the recognition. It gives me faith that the world may be on the same side after all and that we can change things once and for all.


  1. Awesome review! I got a little emotional reading this lol.Thank you for introducing me to this book and even though I gave you hard time, I did enjoy us reading the book together!