A powerful, meaningful, and unique book. This book is unlike anything I have ever read and seen trending in the literary realm. The Hate U Give is about Starr, a black girl living in an impoverished neighborhood in America. The plot is circling this tragedy that happened where Starr witnesses her friend Khalil getting shot in the back by a white police officer.
Police brutality, race, oppression, prejudice, and other such social issues have been a part of America, undeniably, for quite some time now. Thomas doesn’t sugar coat the harsh reality, she does not romanticize it, nor does she dramatize. She doesn’t try to tell it comfortably either. This story, although is very humorous, is also set on making you uncomfortable, upset, angry and hurt. It is not an easy story to tell correctly --- especially in this day and age where people get offended by any and every word, where hate is spewed more often than words of encouragement--- nor is it an easy one to live.
This book does have this enticing quality about it. The style is written in a way where people can relate to it very easily. I could understand that Starr is a kid, but a very very mature one who had to grow up too quickly. I could relate to her because she talked about things relevant to the world today. I kept wanting to read what she had to say, the story she wanted to tell. I honestly went to bed at 4:30am that night because I couldn’t not finish it.
It is easily one of my new favorites. Highly recommend. Immensely recommend.