Book Review – The Hate U Give

Posted April 19, 2017 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

Book Review – The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bay on February 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
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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.


The Hate U Give is the powerful debut novel from author Angie Thomas. This is a book everyone needs to read!

Starr Carter is 16-years-old and witnesses the death of her best friend Khalil by a police officer. Starr must deal with the tragic loss of her best friend along with the police interrogation and the communities outcry. The Hate U Give is ripped from the headlines which we are sadly seeing an increase in our world today. Starr is the voice everyone needs to hear. Not only do we feel her grief but we feel her fear of the police. It is a fear she has known all her life. This book brought out different emotions for me: anger at the meaningless death of Khalil and how Starr was being treated, fear for Starr and her family during and after the investigation, and pride as Starr finds her voice to fight for what is right. Along with Starr’s fight for justice there is her story of her struggles living two lives: one as a student at the private, predominately white, school Williamson Prep and the other in Garden Heights with her family and mostly black community. At school, she doesn’t use slang and is nonconfrontational. At home, she helps her Dad at his corner store and has the freedom to be herself, yet some question her black loyalty because of her white friends. But through her troubles Starr’s family is there to love and support her. It was moving to see what lengths her parents took to keep their family safe but also try to support their community. There were tender moments with her family that made me laugh and cry.

The Hate U Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. This book is beautifully written and author Angie Thomas gives readers an honest view of the black community and the discrimination they encounter. It is an eye-opener and we need more books like this. Everyone please read this book!

This quote from Starr shows how powerful and thought provoking this book is:

“It seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person could be charged in his own murder, you know?”

Other Favorite Quotes

 “What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook?” 
“No, and you’re forbidden to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.” 
“You haven’t responded to my friend request yet.” 
“I know.” 
“I need Candy Crush lives.” 
“That’s why I’ll never respond.”

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

The author’s final message:

“And to every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses that grow in the concrete.”

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 New Release Challenge


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