by Angie Thomas

A 16-year-old girl sees a police officer kill her friend.

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    • I haven't actually cried while reading a novel in quite some time. There are some things I will never truly understand because I have never and will never experience them. All I can do is try to understand and empathize. While non-fiction articles and stories are necessary to understanding society's current climate, a well-written novel like this can really bring it home for people (myself included). The story was so engaging and the characters all felt so real: both flawed and relatable.Obviously, the main storyline was powerful as h**l but I liked some of the other dynamics in the story as well. For one, I think this novel did a much better job at illustrating family dynamics in modern America than any other novel I've ever read. The awkwardness of having half-siblings was there and relevant without being overly explained either. Their family is no less real or "normal" because it doesn't fit into the perfect cookie-cutter suburban picture.Secondly, I love the portrayal of healthy relationships throughout the novel (and unhealthy ones as a contrast). Starr's parents are adorable despite the fact that their relationship isn't without its lows. (view spoiler).This book did so much right and it didn't even feel like it was 400+ pages. I think every young adult should read this book, especially right now when it's so relevant. Hopefully, when my (currently non-existent) children are old enough for me to encourage them to read books like this, it will be more historical than relevant.
    • I have heard a lot about this book, I really wanted to buy the book but at the time I didn't have the money and it was a bit more than I was really to pay for an ebook. So I figured I would borrow from the library got on the waiting list and I was like maybe 3rd in line to get it. That for me was too long. Then I saw that a school district banned this book and that sent up the flags that I needed to get my hands on this book. Why would a school district ban a book called The Hate U Give? I jumped to Amazon and ordered it that same day when I got the book in I was so flipping happy. I totally wished I would have bought the signed copy on the author's website.Thanks Katy ISD because of you making the news about banning this book I had to have it!Now when I started the book I knew I was hooked but knew I would not have been able to finish it in one sitting, it was going to take me a couple of days. I didn't know how deep this book was until I was a few pages in. This author hit so much truth that I would recommend people read it.I felt this book was real in so many ways! You have friends who are fake and do not truly understand what you stand for or believe in. You have to wear two faces sometimes because you do have to worry if people would like the "real" you. Death; impacts all those who knew the person and yet when justice is not served properly it becomes a bigger impact. This is just a few of those real things.We are introduced to Starr who lives in a so called bad neighborhood yet her momma wanted better for her and her brothers as far as schooling went and moved her to a prep school. Yet Starr knows that she can't act like people would think she would act if they knew where she lived.We see how Starr has to act different and you can really tell that the author did a good job with the characters feelings and how she handled problems that came her way.When Starr ends up in a car with her best friend Khalil and sees him die her whole world changes. She can truly see how the justice system works and how people truly act in a tragedy. She will lose friends and gain closer to a friend. Her eyes are way opened to it all, though her mother and father tried to protect her.Starr ends up fighting for Khalil and letting the truth come to light, she doesn't want his name dragged through the streets as a thug because he was not one. This book was on point in more than one way. I felt the author did a damn good job with it ALL! When I do my top ten books for the month this book will be number 1. This book was raw, it was heartbreaking, it was real, it had the truth in it.Characters were flipping amazing, the situations that were in the book were on point, the plot was a steady and went at a decent pace. I liked all the characters but I will say this I loved Starr's mom and dad. The way she could read them and how real her parents were was awesome!I want to say more but I just know I will be giving it all away. PICK UP THIS BOOK, OWN THIS BOOK!
    • Wife review: It is a good book that speak about an important issue: racism and police brutality in the US.One of the best books I've read when I was younger (I am 32 now) was Bodega Dreams from Ernesto Quinonez, it felt good reading something that was from another point of view, and that is what I liked about this book, also I liked the Carter family, all of them.I loved the family dynamics and Starr's mom and dad story too, and how Starr struggled about being one or another person depending on where she is and with who she is. It is an important book for everyone, and also for minorities in other countries of the world. I think people wanting to, should be able to see life with Starr's eyes reading this book and understand the struggles, and that poverty combned with racism create anger, even if they were not confronted to it themselves.I haven't put 5*, because I feel some of the aspect of the book are predictables and that there are some other aspects that could have been covered, but it is for YA, so I guess it is a good book for young people, also it was an important read. I love reading in English, but my written english is not that good, I hope my review is understandable.Assyah
    • I had originally said I was not going to read this book, I didn't know how well I would like it, and I don't tend to get involved with things that can make life at work harder for me. I literally work with the police, I am a dispatcher, so it is a huge part of my life. I knew going in it was revolved around the BLM movement, and police brutality and I made the decision to read it anyways. I had heard so many good things about it and I just needed to see for myself. First I want to say, it does not at any point in this book bash police officers. It talks about some of the problems in the world and how things happen but it never attacks or sets out to make them out to monsters. I really liked that because most aren't, they just aren't, they are humans. Now, Starr is the main character who is involved in a horrible tragedy that leaves her friend from child hood Khalil dead by an officer involved shooting. It was horrible and it was really sad. I hated reading it, I cried my eyes out, Thomas did such an amazing job of making a horrible action into beautiful fiction that made you feel like you were right there. I was so broken by this part of the story. Then reading later on into Starr's grief was just hard. I don't know any other way to describe it but there will be tears, so very many tears. That isn't it though, you see her as they have to fight the system basically, and you are with them through all those emotions. Going to the funeral and seeing his family, destroyed, his mother broken, knowing this isn't just something that happens in fiction, you cannot help but be moved. Now there was some real good in this book too, like some parts that I laughed until I cried. The scene when her parents are arguing in the middle of a prayer I have read an thousand times since finishing the book because it is the funnies thing I have ever read. Her parents were amazing by the way, her dad was an ex-con but he loved her, he admitted his mistakes but he was there for her. Their relationship was really touching to read because I have always been really close to my own dad. Then there was her mom, and her Uncle Carlos, who was actually a cop and lived in a really good neighborhood too. This was really refreshing to read because so many books, YA especially make parents out to be monsters that don't care, that aren't there for their kids. I mean it is like a troupe or something for these stories and it isn't actually the norm and gets annoying to read, so this book did an amazing job with the parents and family. All around though this story just floored me, it gave me a perspective I have never considered before, offered insights into a world I am not a part of, and I loved every minute of it. I don't know what it is to watch one friend die by violence of any sort, much less two in the time of my life and I am 26, she is a teenager. It is jarring to see that as someones existence when it is not your own. It taught me to open my eyes... I love it... Honestly I just wanted to pick it right back up and read it again.
    • Angie Thomas has written an amazingly provocative debut novel. It ranks with Victoria Christopher Murray's Stand Your Ground and Jody Piccoult's, Small Great Things. The novel has believable characters, realistic dialogue, and a slice of life.Starr Carter lives in Garden Heights, where gunshots, drug dealers, and gangbangers are a part of her life. In an effort to protect her and her brothers, Seven and Sekani, and for a better education, their parents send them to Williamson, a private school. Starr has learned to negotiate both worlds, but with different personae. At Williamson, Starr doesn't want to be "ghetto" or "the angry black girl". At home she hangs around the house or works at her father's neighborhood grocery store.The last weekend of Spring Break, her friend Kenya talks Starr into gAsoig to a party. While at the party, Starr runs into an old friend, Khapulls hey are catching up and reminiscing, a fight erupts. Khalil gets Starr out of house and into his car. On the wag to Star's house, they talk and listen to some Tupac. Khalil explains to Starr why Tupac is still relevant. Then the blue lights flash behind them and Khalil pulls over. What happens next terrifies Starr, changes Starr in so many ways.