THE HATE U GIVE by ANGIE THOMAS

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Rating: 3 stars

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

Starr Carter and Khalil Harris were returning from a party when their car was pulled over by a white cop. And Khalil was shot. Why? Only because he’s black. And Starr witnessed his friend’s murder. A lot of people are outraged while some are of the opinion Khalil deserved to die because he was a drug dealer. Even if he was a drug dealer he didn’t deserve to be murdered by a white cop and Khalil was black. Is Starr brave enough to stand up for herself and Khalil to get him justice?

I gave this book three stars rating only for its representation of black people which illuminates their treatment in the society. I also enjoyed the writing style of Angie Thomas. It is thought-provoking and leaves you with goosebumps.

“Funerals aren’t for dead people. They’re for the living.”

I would like to mention a comment which bothered me. Maya is Chinese and certainly short of height. Starr’s racist thought about it wasn’t acceptable. The description could’ve been used for anyone instead of Maya.

“Maya races down the stairs, wearing an oversized T-shirt and basketball shorts that hang to her ankles.”

Throughout the book, everyone was giving everyone else ‘the look’ which I found repetitive and annoying everytime it popped up. When a thing gets caught in your mind you just can’t ignore it.

Starr is a brave girl who is trying very hard to get justice for Khalil. However, she is whiny and a little selfish too. She refused to acknowledge Khalil because she’s scared for herself. She’s more worried about her friend Hailey unfollowing her on Tumblr. She’s even ashamed of her friends, Khalil and Kenya.

“You didn’t have to, Starr,” she says. “You never invited me to hang out with you and them girls. They were never at your house when I was. Like you ain’t want them to know I was your friend too. You were ashamed of me, Khalil, even the garden and you know it.”

The story is dragged and the absence of the plot makes it slow-paced. I expected justice for Khalil at the end but the decision of the jury was in favour of the cop. This is the exact message the author wanted to give. Black people suffer regardless of the fact that they are innocent.

I didn’t enjoy the book as much I’d expected to. Unfortunately, the slow-paced plot didn’t work for me. But, books like these make people aware of the treatment of minorities. Regardless to say, this book is a very important read and I feel everyone should read it.

“Yet I think it’ll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.”

Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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20 thoughts on “THE HATE U GIVE by ANGIE THOMAS

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I commend you for tackling such a controversial topic with such force. It’s so good to see both sides of the story, and this novel definitely shows the other side of racial discrimination. Again, thanks!

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  2. Maya is Chinese and certainly short of height. Starr’s racist thought about it wasn’t acceptable. “Maya races down the stairs, wearing an oversized T-shirt and basketball shorts that hang to her ankles.”
    I don’t understand why this comment is racist. To me it sounds like a description. Can you help me understand? I’m not trying to be difficult – I just really don’t get it.

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    1. I understand if you don’t find the description racist. It’s just a matter of perspective. Maya being chinese, is definitely definitely short of height and the shorts hanging to her ankles might mean anything: she’s either too short or the shorts are too big. The description could’ve been used for anyone instead of Maya is what I really mean.

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  3. wannabeomnilegent

    Just one point to make. The passage about the basketball shorts hanging to the ankles was not meant to be racist—its a style thing. Lots of basketball players wear their shorts in an oversized way. Thomas likely could have opted out of the description, but she’s into fashion and liked describing her character’s way of dressing. The fact Maya was Asian was secondary. Just thought I’d share my thoughts :).

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    1. I certainly understand it’s a style. What I meant was, the description could’ve been used for anyone instead of Maya. I felt the description a little racist since Maya is Chinese. I understand that others might not feel the same and I respect that as well.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts as well! I appreciate it.

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  4. I’m really scared to read this book because I’m really expecting it to be good because so many people love it but I’ve also read bad reviews and I really don’t know if it’s worth my time :/

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  5. I think your perspective on The Hate U Give is really interesting! I haven’t gotten to read it yet, but it’s on my list. After seeing so many incredibly positive reviews of the book, I was almost happy to see a review on the other side.

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