What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give iswritten by Angie Thomas.
The Hate U Give is about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who moves between two entirely different worlds: The poor neighborhood where she lives and the prep school she attends. There is an uneasy balance between worlds until it shatters when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil by a police officer. He was unarmed. Soon his death hits national headlines; people labeling him as anything other than a victim. The only person who knows the truth of what happen last night was Starr. But what Starr does and does not say could change not only her life, but the lives of those around her.
In this uplifting, powerful, and gripped young adult novel, it shows how important it is to use your voice and to use that voice where it matters most: in the public eye. To be aware of your privilege and use your privilege to help those who aren’t lucky enough to have one. I was already aware of issues that revolve around the Black Lives Matter community due to wanting to be informed, however, this book made me even more aware of how serious the issue is, how it can change lives in more ways than one, and how some people are in fact in Starr’s shoes; in terms of the uneasy balance between two different worlds.
This book is genius, riveting, and fresh. It brings out the issues that most people are afraid to speak about. In this novel of one young girl’s struggle for justice, it is shown that Starr’s character changes from someone who keeps quiet to someone that uses her voice by the end of the novel. She decides to use her voice because she knows she is the only one who knows the truth of what happen that night with her childhood best friend Khalil. This book brings out the voice of those who have gone through hardships and makes sure that the reader knows their voice is a powerful one.
If you enjoy young adult books with powerful endings you will certainly enjoy The Hate U Give, a book about finding your voice.
Recommended for those who are a fan of Angie Thomas or want to read a story inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
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