The Hate U Give
Series : N/A
Publisher : Walker Books Australia
Source : Australia
Release Date : February 28th 2017
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
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.
Not very often, there is a book like this that comes out in the community. A game changer. A powerful book to change things. A book that gets everyone talking about things that swept under the carpets at times
A book that makes people not shy away and getting them talking. A book that not only a beautiful yet heartbreaking . A book that we can all walk away and take something from it whether you know it or not
In 2017 there been plenty of excellent debuts and new books from seasoned writers that have gotten people talking. I must admit , I’m among those people and enjoyed already some of those books.
However, The Hate That U Give, is something different. A book inspired by a movement that I can’t even began to understand. Whilst I know and seen things on the news. I’m not an expert. I can’t say this book was for me specifically. I can only truly lay judgment as any other book. How I enjoyed and learned from this book. As this was written for a very specific target audience to utterly connect to though and to others an education and an awaking of sorts.
Star isn’t like any typical teenager. She has watched her best friend be killed in front of her by a cop. She is caught in the middle. Her childhood best friend is dead and the poor neighbourhood she lives in has become a national headlines. Her fancy school in the suburbs isn’t an escape. Being Star isn’t easy. She doesn’t think strong enough to face it all especially when all she is receiving hate.
Star could be any teenager in the world. But she isn’t . She a teenager who put into a situation that she doesn’t know how to deal. THUG is a very personal journey. Whilst it was entertaining and a great story. This why I’m not here. It is a own voice story and story that need to be told. It need to highlight how society is different for African Americans and how stereotypes aren’t accurate. These characters are just everyday people caught up a society where you are judged and hate by your colour.
Thomas exploded that idea well and facilitated things through her characters Every character in this book not just had a place. They had a story and enriched Star’s story. From her boyfriend Chris to her ex gang member dad who is trying to hold things together for the community and keep the peace. We saw it all through the eyes of Star who become more then what society judged her. She become a voice for those who didn’t have a voice or weren’t strong enough to speak out. She took things and owned it and showed us valuable lessons we need to learn or remember.
Margined people , we all dream of the day where we find a book that we utterly relate to and enjoy. This is the book that for some of the community can specifically identify to and others can learn and understand. Whilst I can sympathise and understand the connotations behind this story. I will never able to relate as this book is aimed a very specific community. However as a person of colour, I applauded Thomas for writing this book. A game changer and it is about time that the book community had an excellent written book that looks at the struggles of the marginalised society in such a frank way.
The #Black Lives Movement, is a significant moment in history and this is a learning curve. Thomas breaks down many things in those 300 something pages. THUG packs a punch and it well deserving of all the praise and attention has received. By now you probably seen this book being promoted everywhere and topping the charts. It because of the movement and the determination from certain people to see this book do well.
If you read in to the overwhelming hyping that happens in the book community and read one book this year to challenge your thinking and perspective about the real world. Read THUG, it isn’t just entertainment or fiction. It is inspired by real life experiences and a movement that needs strong voices like this book.