The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
This edition include an appendix entitled “Names Have Power,” detailing the reasons Thomas chose to name different characters and places throughout the book. It also features an excerpt from her upcoming book On the Come Up as well as art inspired by The Hate U Give.
Source: I purchased a kindle copy.
I think the book is a great addition to YA literature that seeks to speak to those who may not understand the points of views of others. The POV/narration is one that is not often heard and will provide insight to a completely different demographic of teens who wouldn’t otherwise hear it.
I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t what I expected and I was a little disappointed to some degree, but my expectations were really high. Still, it has a place in YA literature and I think it deals with themes that are necessary to tackle.