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Book Review: The Hate You Give

Title: The Hate You Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publishing: (first published February 28th 2017)


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.


I read this book as part of a month long Black History Month Challenge …

I’m kinda mad at myself for taking this long to read this book. It’s a Raw, Powerful, and Informative book. The book gave me an inside look at the struggle some others have to face.

A teenage girl (Star) goes through a scary and tragic situation that involves a childhood friend and the color of their skin. It was eye-opening to be able to see what it must have been like to be on the other end of a “routine traffic stop” gone wrong because someone judges you for the color of your skin. It shows the battle it takes just to be heard when an injustice happens to you and the ones you love. How people judge one person base on the past of others so-called like you. It gave perspective into a world I probably would have never known and still will never quite understand.

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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