The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Why EVERYONE should read it
Hello Fellow Readerholics,
Today I was finally able to turn the last page on the novel, the Hate U Give. I have been reading it over the last couple of days and the book really offered a new perspective on life. Today, I would like to share that perspective with you.
As usual, I won’t be containing any spoilers so please read ahead!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas follows Starr Carter, a sixteen year old girl who lives in Garden Heights, a predominantly black neighbourhood. Starr’s world is demolished when she is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Starr has two options, to speak up or stand down. What is she to do when her words could destroy her community or get her killed?
When I first read this book I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was thrown headfirst into a reality that will likely never become my own but is the truth for many. I never expected to relate to any characters in the novel, surprisingly, I did. Although Starr lives in what may be considered ‘the hood’ to some, she attends a private, white dominated, high school. She is often seen as an outcast and in order to fit in, she feels she must change who she is. I somewhat understood changing oneself to adhere to the ‘norm’ and I believe many of you reading this may feel the same. While Black Lives Matter is a major theme throughout the novel, I believe self acceptance may hold just as much value.
It wasn’t too long ago that if somebody asked me what I knew of the Black Lives Matter movement I wouldn’t be able to tell them much at all. I feel that many of us who are not directly affected by the movement don’t understand the importance of it.
I think I do now.
Thomas was able to put me in Starr’s shoes and truly recognise the life many choose to ignore. She holds a mirror to society and asks us if we really do accept the realities of not only ourselves, but those around us. I think that everyone no matter their own personal situation, will be able to gain something amazing from reading this book.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and as usual, post any thoughts in the comments below.
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