“We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood 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.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Review: Lately a lot of books with topics that are important today, are being released & The Hate U Give is one of them. T.H.U.G is a very good book giving a very important message to all its readers. The main character in the book gets a distinguished talk, an opposite of what we normally get from our parents. Usually, our parents tell us that if we’re lost or if something’s wrong, go to the police. Starr, on the other hand, gets the talk that if she ever sees a police officer, what she should do: not to do anything sudden, follow exactly what they say, no back talk. The book shows how Starr deals with the aftermath of witnessing her friend, Khalil, being shot by a cop for doing absolutely nothing. She’s angry that the cop walks free with no consequences of his actions but she’s also afraid to speak out. Through the story of Starr’s perspective on the events, bits of humour are also present. I loved how Starr’s dad encouraged her to speak the truth even if it was hard & terrifying because someone needs to. It really is a book worth reading by everyone & totally recommend it!