BOOK TITLE: THE HATE U GIVE
AUTHOR: ANGIE THOMAS
GENRE: YOUNG-ADULT CONTEMPORARY
SYNOPSIS: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I read this book a few weeks back and finally got some time to write down my thoughts on it.
I read the audiobook and still felt that it was going a bit slow for me. The story is about a young(black) girl who was there when a police officer shot her friend to death without any firm accusation. It was rumoured or known to some officers that the boy may be involved in drug dealing. That incident was a shock to Starr. She couldn’t do anything at that moment to help him nor question the police officer. Later, when she was questioned by the poluce she couldn’t convince the investigator that they have wronged her friend and had killed an Innocent boy. How she deals with the cosequence and the way she fought her own battle – is depicted in this story.
The beginning of the story has a pretty steady pace. But it felt like gradually the pace slacked. Few parts of the story was so narrated that it was heartbreaking to read and relate to Starr’s situation. I really like the character of Starr’s mother. Starr has got some issues just like most other teenage kid. Anyhow, it felt like she was just in the wrong situation dealing with something that is just too heavy for her.
I personally felt the Starr was not brave enough at least I wouldn’t have acted the way she did if I was in her situation. It felt like she somehow made her problems more complex. This story deals with a sensitive issue that is very common in certain parts of America. It is a horror if some people are treated in inhuman way. Tye ignorance of tge police officers was just too much to take, their conduct made me infuriated.
So, the author did a great job picking and writing about such relevant subject as youngadult contemporary.
Among the other characters, most annoying was Starr’s father. It felt like the man creates trouble and loves to create them. In some parts, it even seemed like his character was being unnecessary loud.
It was a fine but slow read for me nothing extraordinary even though I was hoping for something different from Starr. So, that part was a disappointment and hence the three stars.