Buckle up, because this book is IMPORTANT.
This week’s Featured Read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it dives right in to one of our current issues. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important stance on racial profiling, racial discrimination, and racial inequality. It is about unnecessary force being used against the black community by police, and that’s where this book takes us. Whether you intimately understand this topic, or you’re just learning, The Hate U Give is a relatable read that will push your boundaries of self-awareness.
Let’s jump into the plot! 16 year-old Starr Carter is a black girl who lives in a poor black neighborhood and attends a fancy suburban prep school that is predominantly white. She somehow finds a balance between these two worlds until she witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil (who was unarmed) by a police officer. His death is crushing to Starr but also as a reader, I felt so much anger and frustration on behalf of Starr about how human beings can treat each other this way… Don’t we all have hearts and loved ones?
But that’s the brilliance of this novel. It evokes so much raw emotion and empathy that I felt like giving Angie Thomas an award after reading.
So after Khalil’s death, he becomes a national headline, most are condemning Khalil and nothing is being done to investigate. Naturally, Starr’s neighborhood erupts in protest and turns into a war zone and the only one who can answer the questions surrounding Khalil’s death is Starr. What she does next is crucial to the world around her. I’ll leave off there, as I don’t want to spoil anything!
What’s also amazing about this book is how many well-developed characters there are! Nearly everyone Starr meets or interacts with is given the chance to show us who they are and what they mean to Starr and what place they hold in her world. The catalogue of human experiences teaches as much about identity as it is about race, and I loved it!
You. Must. Read. This. Book.
It really is unique, emotionally charged, and it teaches so much! I fell in love with Angie Thomas’ story and I really hope you guys will too! Tell us how much you liked it on Twitter @SavvyReader and don’t forget to add The Hate U Give to your 50 Book Pledge shelf!
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