The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas is a young adult novel following sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who lives in a poor, black-dominated neighborhood, yet attends a fancy school in an affluent neighborhood. It chronicles the events after Starr and her best friend, Khalil, drive home after a party. They get stopped by a police officer who ends up shooting Khalil, even though he was unarmed and did absolutely nothing wrong.
I really enjoyed this novel and believe that it's a strongly important book about the atrocities that black citizens face regularly due to the stereotype and their skin color. Thomas does an excellent job of engaging the reader to the story. The book is very relevant in 2018.
This book should be read by all, especially American citizens. The fact that black citizens are incredibly oppressed by the system is a truth and should be recognized. Recognition is the first step towards change. If we recognize, we are already halfway there.
Reviewed by Melody S., Grade 10