The Hate U Give

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read THE HATE U GIVE, add it to your reading list today and move it to the very top.

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

Well, this book left me at a loss for words. It was a powerful, moving, and poignant reality check for me. Within the first chapter of this story my heart was broken at the all too real reality of what many in our Black communities face every day. We all must realize that what happened to Starr and Khalil is not a work of fiction, it is a reality that should not be.

“I hate that I let myself fall into that mind-set of trying to rationalize his death. And at the end of the day, you don’t kill someone for opening a door. If you do, you shouldn’t be a copy.”

Angie Thomas wrote with such heart and truth that I was left in tears throughout the book because what she wrote is the reality for so many. Thomas is at the forefront of the Own Voices movement and I want to read everything that she writes.

While I know that this is a YA book, I think it should be read by everyone and I will be recommending to everyone as I think we could all take something from THE HATE U GIVE.

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