Starr Carter feels as though she's divided into to selves. There is the Starr she is in her inner-city community and the "Williamson Starr" she is at the private school she attends. At school, she chooses her words and behaviors carefully to avoid being seen as "ghetto."
One night, leaving a neighborhood party after shots are fired in the house where it is being held, Starr and her friend Khalil are pulled over by a police officer. The encounter with the officer goes wrong, ending with Khalil fatally shot and dying in Starr's arms.
The shooting becomes national news, and wildly differing accounts of what happened and why are quickly circulating. Starr must make decisions about who can know she was "the witness" and what role(s) she should play.
This book is powerful and serves up equal parts drama and wit. The characters are nuanced and feel very real. The story moves along in a compelling way and doesn't try to end in a too-tidy manner.
Every book that is written has a certain importance on its plot. Whether it is a warning to the world of a certain disease that may wipe out mankind or if it is about standing up against bullying... or even if its about mending a broken heart, most authors clearly or try to pass their own words through writing their books for the readers to read. For Angie Thomas, it is clear her debut book has a voice of her own and its a voice about injustice through police brutality. Reading The Hate U Give truly speaks louder than the words written and really deserves a lot of attention, not just through writing but through what the message was meant to be.
Sixteen year-old Starr Carter had witnessed a murder that became a sensational news - a police officer shot her friend in cold-blood. For Starr, she was told to follow the rules when there's police around but now, the death of a close friend leads her two worlds collide - one that she hides well in a school she attends but another where Garden Heights is a place that isn't always safe when prejudice and street gangs rule and she has to make a choice - to speak up or to be silent forever.
I love The Hate U Give. I enjoyed so much of the writing because the world that Angie Thomas weave is real - the culture of the black people and the way they speak is real. What is even more real is how it portrays the injustice been down towards their race and how prejudice happened for their kind. There are a lot of layers to be read in this book and how this is one of the must-read-before-you-die kind of books should be picked up. When I read it, it opens up what I want to understand on their side of view - why racism is the way it is in America and why bias towards the black happens only in the ghetto. The message itself speaks out loud and people must read this book. There is so much more here that I don't want to spoil much but I can say, this book deserves a full star rating. If you haven't read this book, read it. Its an important young adult book by far, to me, deserves as one of the best literature book ever written.