I chose to read The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas for the 2018 Reading Challenge, #50 a book recommended by someone else doing the Popsugar challenge. When I joined the Goodreads group for this challenge, I was inundated with recommendations for amazing books. This one in particular grabbed my attention, and I decided I would read it. I was not a bit disappointed.
The Goodreads description of the book:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
The book opens with this traumatic moment, and proceeds to follow Starr through the aftermath. Both for her personally and for those around her.
The Hate U Give has a timely and relevant message. It is well-written, emotionally driven and thought provoking. I particularly liked how in the end, Starr’s dual identities come together. Her “ghetto” world and her prep school world collide. And she survives. Not only that, but she comes out the other side stronger than ever.
This is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it.