By: Angie Thomas BUY BOOK HERE
Necessary and important. Thought provoking and heartbreaking. Harrowing and impossible to forget.
Thugs, gangs, cop violence, murder, riots, protests, abuse, drugs, racism. TRUTH.
The Hate U Give will tear you apart while you read it. This is happening. While not a true story, it feels like it could be because of how familiar these acts of violence are. I admire the author for telling it. I think it's one everyone should read.
*There is intense language. While fitting for the setting it may be offensive to some*
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
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.
“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”