Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Imagine watching someone shoot your best friend. The friend you grew up with. Imagine if that same person then kept a gun pointed at you until an ambulance arrived. Imagine if this wasn't the first time that you'd seen one of your closest friends shot.
Imagine if the person wielding the gun was a cop.
That's the premise of The Hate U Give.
Starr is a sixteen-year-old from the Garden District, a poor area, regarded by many as a ghetto. Her parents have found a way to send her and her brothers to a private school forty-five minutes away from home that's filled mostly with wealthy white kids. From the age of ten, Starr has found that she acts one way at school, and another at home, but when Starr's best friend Khalil, is shot by a police officer, she finds herself struggling, not only with a huge sense of injustice at the tragedy that has occurred, but with the idea that perhaps she hasn't been as true to herself and the people she loves as she could have been. The Hate U Give cleverly breaks down stereotypes about life in the ghetto while telling the story of a young woman who, in the midst of a heartbreaking and unjust situation, finds her voice.
This was a heartbreaking read, one that offered an insight into what it truly means to not be considered equal—to the point where someone is considered dangerous and their life utterly disposable based purely on their race, and the disgraceful cover ups that can occur when people are called out on their blatant prejudice. Starr is character who is easy to like, due to her bravery and self belief that doesn’t waiver through adversity.