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Angie Thomas’, ‘The Hate U Give,’ Raises Eyebrows

By Aurea Logsdon, Reporter

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Published in February of 2017, The Hate U Give, is up to date on recent controversial events that have happened in America.  The novel has gained attention not just from the young adult target audience, but also from popular magazines and newspapers praising author Angie Thomas’ work. 

Most teenagers have heard about racism, police brutality, and other forms of violence in the past, but Thomas puts these situations into a whole different form. The novel has a rating of 4.7 on Goodreads

The book introduces Starr Carter, a girl who goes to Williamson, a private high school,  where she has troubles fitting in because of her race and background. Starr is already having problems just because of her skin color, but she didn’t realize that matters were going to get worse. 

One day after coming back from a party, she witnesses her friend Khalil get shot and killed by a cop.

Khalil was unarmed.

The cop who shot Khalil accused the boy of having a gun and being in a gang. The truth was, the gun was actually a black hairbrush, and Khalil was never in a gang at all.

Starr knows all the false beliefs about Khalil weren’t true, but is too scared to tell her friends that she was with Khalil that night. Starr even lost her best friend Hailey when she realizes that Hailey unfollowed her on Tumblr because of a post she reblogged about Emmett Till.

By putting the narrator of the story as a character that high school students would be able to understand, it gives people the idea that Starr might just be a fictional character, but these things happen all the time. We just don’t take the time to realize that.

A hairbrush is not a gun!”

— Starr Carter

Though at the parts where Starr was dancing to the Nae-Nae at a party, I kept thinking, “Do us teenagers still even do the Nae-Nae?” It felt a little cheesy when that happened in the story, considering how fast trends move. It also stretched out with useless information that wouldn’t change the book at all if it was removed.

All in all, it was an amazingly written story, possibly even one of the most powerful young adult books that I have ever read. The ending was strong, and showed what Starr learned after her experiences. Instead of being a shy girl afraid to speak out, Starr became a symbol of activism in her community. 

“…Yet I think it’ll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.”

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