Friday, January 19, 2018

Popular Books: The Hate U Give

The Hate You Give
by Angie Thomas
In the novel The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, the author describes the story about a teenage girl who not only feels out of place, but also loses one of her closest friends. Starr, the main character, is from the impoverish and tough neighborhood, but attends a very elite, white school. Although this novel takes place in present time where those of all races have equal rights, Starr still has difficulties in both her neighborhood and her school. When she loses one her her closest friends her life is never the same.
Starr and her friend Khalil are at party until a fight broke out. To prevent getting hurt or into any trouble, they drive away from the party and Khalil proceeds to drive Starr home. While driving, a white police man pulls over the two teenagers. The policeman was not very nice to Khalil, therefore Khalil was not kind to the police man in return. Out of nowhere the policeman shoots Khalil, and, just like that,  he is dead. Starr not only cannot believe what had happened that night but also her life is changed forever. The case of Khalil's death seems to be even larger deal because it was a white policeman who shot an African-American person. The case was very difficult to try to solve and causes Starr much stress. Also, intertwined with Khalil’s case is the high school drama Starr has to deal with. Read the book to find out the end result of the case and how Starr spends her life.

My favorite character would have to be Starr, the main character. I can relate to her losing someone she loves and while reading a book it can be more enjoyed able when you relate to the characters. Also, when she is talking to someone I enjoyed how the author includes the rude and humorous remarks  Starr said in her head into the seriousness of the book. One of my favorite comments Starr made in her head was “I’m not telepathic.” This comment is made when a detective is asking Starr questions about Khalil’s case.  I recommend this book to middle school and high school students.  The story can be very serious at times and includes some parts benefiting teenagers. I recommend to anyone looking for a great read.

Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Harper Collins

Review by: Erin F.

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