Genre: Young Adult / Realistic Fiction
Page Count: 438 pages
Publication Date: February 2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I know this book has been one of the most hyped YA books of 2017 so far, but let me tell you – It’s being hyped for a good reason!
I mean, I’ve always known there was still a significant amount of racism in the world, but being taken into the mist of it, by someone who was actually there, in that situation… Wow!
As a mixed-race immigrant in a community that’s mainly white, my family and I have been through some movie-worthy moments of mistreat (but I wouldn’t want to relive those moments here. This blog my “happy place” and I won’t let it be tainted by the past). Even though we don’t share the same skin colour, or the same neighbourhood, we’re not even in the same country, I could still relate to the main character in a deep and meaningful way.
I really hope that this book becomes a mandatory read for school kids across the world. It is that important. People need to be aware of the issues raised by Angie Thomas in this book.
The Hate You Give will most probably be a future classic of the 21st century. A must-read, not just for teens and young adults, but for everyone!
All I have to say is:
“A hairbrush is not a gun!”
PS: Don’t worry. My family and I are living our “happily ever after” here now that we’ve settled in. It’s all good 🙂