Book Review: The Hate U Give

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Book Review: The Hate U Give

Abby Zinman

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As a teenager, reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was both enlightening and enjoyable. The novel has received many awards, including the Goodreads Choice Best Young Adult Fiction and Debut Goodreads Author awards in 2017. The story follows a 16 year-old girl named Starr Carter, who feels as if she is living a double-life. By day, she goes to a elite prep school, much like BSS. By night, she spends her time in the poor, black neighbourhood she lives in. When Starr becomes the sole bystander to her childhood best friend’s shooting, she wonders how she can continue this balanced lifestyle in the same way as before. Soon, Starr must fight for what she believes in and shed light on a situation that many are taking the wrong way. As the story becomes widely-known, rumours start to emerge, and people wonder if it was actually the victim’s fault. Now, Starr must carefully choose what she should do and say, living in fear of greater consequences.

This novel had an impact on my view of many current events that take place all over the continent. Though the story is fictional, its representation of racial profiling is not isolated. It should be understood by everyone that making assumptions about people solely based on their race is unacceptable and intolerable. The book also reminded me of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, a campaign that is making a difference by protesting against police brutality and racial inequity, much like Starr in The Hate U Give. Starr’s story reminds me that judgemental situations like this constantly occur all over the globe without proper investigation. As a result, the real criminals are often left unpunished.

It is very important for BSS students to read this novel to become more informed about this topic and to truly understand and connect with those facing racial discrimination. The book provides a perfect balance between a page-turning, entertaining story and information about the topic. Throughout the novel, Starr inspires readers to stand up for what they believe in and to never give up, despite the potential negative outcome of a situation.