First off, this book is insanely intense. And that doesn’t even begin to cover it. In a nutshell, it’s about an African American teenager who gets shot & killed during a routine police stop. His name is Khalil and during the scene in The Hate U Give, he was nothing but respectful. And a police officer shoots him, he ends up dying in the street. Clearly not something we’ve seen in the news recently, right?* But a key difference is that there was a witness not affiliated with any government body. and her name is Starr.
This book takes you thru Starr’s coming to terms with witnessing her best friend being killed and how she’s going to address it. Does she speak up? Does she go to the police with what she knows? The book addresses all of it as well as what happens to the police officer and what it means to come to terms with not only who you are but where you come from as well.
The Hate U Give is a must read. And the fact that it’s Angie Thomas’s first novel is insane to me. It makes you feel things you don’t expect to feel and it makes you angry at the system. Yet also weirdly hopeful. Please, for the love of all things holy, read this book. It should be clear that this book comes with a trigger warning. Or at least it should.
If you’ve ever lost somebody to police brutality, please check in with yourself before reading. This book is intense and leaves very little to the imagination. But you will be a better person for reading this book. It’s fantastically well done and I definitely cried at least twice during this.
Apparently, they’re making a movie out of this book. And I am so excited to see how they run with it. But in all seriousness, if you’re able, please read this book.
Favourite Quote: Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.
*Let me get one thing clear. I am being sarcastic here. Police brutality is a serious issue. And I’m thankful for this book. To make us say their names.