The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black.”
Angie Thomas delivers a poignant, strong, and enticing story about racism and coming of age. Not only does she create this real and very strong character but both the setting and the plot complete the story perfectly. Her writing, including her dialogue, is straight to the points and has no bullshit carrying with perfection the point behind the ugly truth of this story.
With honesty and without trying to sound ignorant before this story and the way Thomas threw her words into my heart, I was not very attentive to the world of racism around me and how bad it can actually affect people. This story is going to become a classic, it is a story everyone should read because it talks about something that is very real and happening right under our noses. It is not the time to be ignorant, it is time to be aware of the world around us and how simple comments, beliefs and/or thoughts can affect another human being.
The main character that takes us into this wild activist journey is 16 year old Starr Carter. Starr basically lives a double live, she goes to school in an elite private school where she is the only black girl and lives in a poor neighborhood where gangs and drugs are all the hype. She tries to balance out the "ghetto Starr" and the "preppy Starr" but as the book progresses she figures out there is no real balance between the two as there is only one of her and she shouldn't change her nature or background for anything or anyone.
After witnessing the murder of her friend Khalil, she discovers her voice. Khalil is murdered by a white cop, after the cop stops them, even though Khalil was unarmed and showing no resistance. The racism in her life starts becoming too hard too handle and after the world paints Khalil a drug leader and let the white cop go free she realizes her voice is much more important than she thinks.
There is simply no bad way to rate this book, no negative way to talk about it because it is an extremely good book that paints an issue not many people want to realize. If you haven't please go to your local bookstore and buy it immediately.
“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
--- 5 stars ---