Book review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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

Sixteen-year-old Starr is coming home from a party when she witnesses her childhood best friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. Although Khalil was unarmed and, by all measures, not a threat, it seems that everybody has an opinion about what happened. The media calls him a thug, a gangbanger, and a possible drug dealer, but Starr knows the truth about what happened. Can she set the record straight? And is it even worth all the threats she’ll get in the process?

It seems like The Hate U Give is everywhere right now. The entire internet is obsessed with it, and for good reason. This book is incredible. I cannot believe that this is a debut. Angie Thomas is somehow able to capture every feeling surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and wrap it up in an engaging story that never once sounds preachy.

Honestly, I feel like I could write a full-length novel about how much I loved this book and how relevant it is to today’s society. Rather than waste your time reading my rambles about this amazing, powerful book, I would suggest that you take that time to go pick it up from your local bookstore or library. I can’t imagine that you’ll regret it.

Final rating: ★★★★★

#mmdreading: a book of any genre that addresses current events

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