Today, I'll be discussing popular bestseller The Hate U Give.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter spends her time between the impoverished neighborhood in which she lives and the mostly white, prep school she attends. When one night, Starr witnesses her best friend get shot and killed by a police officer, her world is shattered and forever altered.
Soon, Khalil’s death is national news, and the public is calling him a thug. With protesters in the streets and the community close at war, everyone wants to know what really happened that night. If Khalil was unarmed, why would an officer kill him?
The Hate U Give is a unique novel. It's important because it addresses an immensely important issue. Despite this, many readers, myself included, struggle with the fact that Thomas' novel is written for a very specific audience: white mothers and teenagers.
THUG, although a good introductory tool to the BLM movement, is undoubtedly oversimplified, stereotypical, and a bit juvenile. As a matter of fact, the dialogue featuring Starr Carter and her boyfriend, Chris, is unsophisticated and cliched.
However, Thomas' novel is a quick and intriguing read nonetheless.
The storyline is captivating and also heartbreaking. Additionally, the cast of characters is quite memorable. Although there are a handful of characters the novel can do without, there are also some standout figures, including Starr's parents and other residents of Garden Heights.
Those who are interested in reading The Hate U Give should do so. However, I'd advise readers to pick it up with realistic expectations.
Did you read Angie Thomas' bestselling novel? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below!