I absolutely loved this book. Realistic, powerful, and engaging, I truly felt like I was living in the moment. This book opened my eyes to new areas of society, and while it was intense and thought-provoking, it was also pleasant and easy to read. This makes it suitable for readers looking for a time-passer, as well as for those willing to give serious matters in the American culture more thought.
The Hate U Give deals with some of the controversial topics regarding racism and stereotyping in America, oppression, and fear of speaking out. It was very touching, and I could feel myself connecting with the main character, Starr, as she navigated the troubles in her family and communities (both white and black) and struggled to find her voice to speak out against injustice.
The Hate U Give will resonate with many teenage readers, but is an important book for anyone who feels passionately about racism and other injustices.
The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 2017
Contributor: Ruksana Varma is a high schooler, and an avid reader of fantasy and nonfiction.