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. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.
I received a copy of this novel for review, this does not influence my thoughts or this review.
This review will probably be short, because I’m not sure how to adequately express how powerful this novel is any better than all the other great reviews out there.
The Hate U Give is about Starr, a teen who witnesses the death of her friend, Khalil, at the hands of a cop. The novel follows Starr’s journey as she struggles with what to do and whether she can keep her two worlds (her school life and her home life) separate.
The Hate U Give is honestly a masterpiece, I am unsure of how to describe it other than passing a copy into every single person’s hand with a hiss that they they should read it. Starr’s voice was so clear and her story was powerful while reading. I just think you need to listen to everyone (and me!) telling you to read it.
This is one hell of a book. Read it.