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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives between two worlds – the poor neighbourhood of Garden Heights she grew up in, and her posh high school Williamson Prep, where she is one of the very few black kids. The Starr at school is very different from the Starr in her neighbourhood. The two worlds don’t collide. Until they do, after she witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. Now, what Starr says could break friendships at school. It could break her community. And worse, it could get her and her family killed.

Clearly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give is a powerful coming of age story and a much-needed one in these trying times. It is a story about bravery and courage, about speaking up when you are scared, about standing for what you believe in even if that means you might lose your friends, or worse, your life. Starr is a well-drawn out character and as a protagonist, she is portrayed quite realistically. The conflict between her and one of her friends, Hailey, her alliance with her other friend Maya, and her outrage and fear are all depicted really well. The other characters including her parents Big Mav and Lisa, her half-brother Seven, her boyfriend, Chris all play a relevant and important role in her own growth and courage.

It is definitely a book for everyone to read especially when we live lives of privilege and forget microaggressions and subtle racism that continues to persist through society. The author has done a wonderful job in portraying what is currently happening in America today and hopefully, this will be a book talked about for years to come.

My rating

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***Read and reviewed for the 2019 Write Tribe Reading Challenge and the bonus round of Erin’s book challenge 10.0***

Until next time,

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  • Shalzmojo
    6 May 2019 at 12:58 pm

    This is a book that I have ear marked to be read – its gotten some rave reviews and am glad to see you have reviewed it too. Now I know for sure I have to read it!! Thanks Sanch
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  • Shilpa Gupte
    7 May 2019 at 10:49 pm

    This does sound like an ideal book for the present times! Thanks for the review, Sanch 🙂
    How have you been? All fine, I hope <3

  • Anamika Agnihotri
    8 May 2019 at 4:29 am

    There is too much hatred in the world right now. A book with well etched out characters and which is based upon the present times deserves to be widely read. Thank you for reviewing this book.

  • Obsessivemom
    8 May 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I like books that talk of a conflict. And if they’re well-written they’re an absolute treat to read. I love the sound of this one and also the cause it tackles.
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  • Rachna
    9 May 2019 at 12:47 pm

    This is the exact kind of book that I would like to pick up. The story seems powerful and relevant.

  • Shailaja Vishwanath
    11 May 2019 at 11:39 am

    I’ve seen only glowing reviews of this book. Is there a movie by this name too? I remember seeing it on Netflix, I think.

    Nuanced stories are my favourite, especially when they deal with sensitive issues. Going on my TBR.
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      11 May 2019 at 11:50 am

      I think the movie is out this year but don’t think it’s on Netflix. Not here at least

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