Another perspective on The Hate You Give

Mika Nalbandian

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A book that keeps you wanting more until the very last page, The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas, is a fictional story reflecting an awful truth about injustice in America. The people who are supposed to keep you safe are the ones you need protection from.

Throughout the novel, Thomas exposes an unfortunate reality: racism is alive and well in America, and black people are being brutally victimized by the police. Thomas also shows us the importance of using our voice, bravery, and not letting fear or threats silence us from the truth we know we must tell. Her writing is powerful and inspiring as it gives us a close-up perspective of a world many people and teens live in now. Not many of my classmates made it to the end of the book without crying at least once, weather it was because of joy or sadness.

One thing that stood out to me was how voice, one of the signatures of a BSS girl, is front and centre in this story. Thomas shows us the journey we must go through to find our voice, and how powerful it can be once we decide to use it. Thomas asks, “what’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” The Hate You Give tells a compelling story about using our voice to expose the truth and not letting our voices become silenced or unheard.

A second take away from this exciting novel is the importance of courage and bravery. Facing the trauma of her best friend Khalil’s death while balancing her two different lifestyles, Starr shows immense bravery as she makes the difficult decision to stand up for what’s right, even as she is being threatened. Before her interview with the police about Khalil’s death, Starr’s mom tells her, “brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.” As we journey through the novel in the perspective of Starr’s character, we see her get stronger and braver with each passing chapter.

The Hate You Give is an outstanding novel written by an outstanding writer. I would rate it a 10/10, thanks to Thomas’s storytelling style, which draws readers in and makes them want to keep reading well into the night.The first-person narrative helps guide the reader through all the turmoil and emotions felt by the young heroine, and it felt like I was right beside Starr as she went through her turbulent journey and eventual victory.