The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Wow, this book is so powerful. This is a book that needs to be read by everyone and believe me, I don’t say that about too many books.

Starr is sixteen years old and balances between the two worlds that she belongs to. She lives in a troubled neighbourhood where she hears gunshots on a regular basis. She goes to a privileged school where the majority of the students are white. These two worlds collide when Starr is the only witness to a police officer shooting and killing her best friend, Khalil. 

For me, the best part of The Hate U Give is the characters. I loved them all. Starr and her family had some great interactions that made them feel real to me; I could easily picture them in my mind whenever they interacted. To me, they weren’t just characters on the page.

I felt such a connection to Starr. Angie Thomas did an excellent job making her feel so real. Starr constantly questioned everything in her life after the shooting and as the reader, you just wanted to comfort her, knowing that she was doing nothing wrong.

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read this book! If this book is on your to-reads, move it higher on the list! The reason I’m not giving it a 5 is because I didn’t love it. I really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure if it is a book I would re-read. I can’t wait to see the movie though!

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