‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas tells an unflinching social commentary on racism and police brutality through the eyes of a teenager. Starr Carter is a person living in two worlds: Garden Heights, a neighborhood with a loving family and limited resources, and Riventon Hills, an area filled with opportunity (and her school WIlliamson Prep), yet Starr hides parts of herself in order to fit in. These two worlds collide when Starr is the sole witness of her best friend Khalil’s death, murdered by a police officer while coming home from a party. The events that follow afterward in Starr’s life unpacks the complexities of race and bias. Starr wants to honor Khalil’s memory, yet feels forced to silence by a certain friend’s comments. She wants little exposure as possible, yet realizes that hiding her account jeopardizes her family and loved ones. Throughout the novel, Starr finds her voice and confronts the realities of discrimination head on, bringing on true life lessons for herself and everyone involved.
Rating: 4/5 Stars