“The Hate U Give” is a story about a young girl, named Starr Carter, who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend and the events that follow. Very relevant to today, the story focuses on telling the story of how the impact of losing a loved one affects not only the family but the community as well. Author Angie Thomas does a fantastic job of giving a voice to a community otherwise written off by the public eye.
Aside from the heart-wrenching storytelling, the language is one of my favorite things I enjoyed about the story. It doesn’t try to be anything else, but itself. The authenticity of the narrator makes the story feel genuine and gives the story life. I truly enjoyed the time spent on the development of the characters.
Despite my general dislike of the sensitive subject matter, this book demanded to be heard and demanded to be read. It was hard to find things I didn’t like, and I learned so much about myself and my own worldviews reading this. I would 100% recommend this book to teens and adults alike. I give it a 5/5.