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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Laura Duffy Published: 29 July 2023

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The Hate U Give is a novel written by Angie Thomas which was published in 2016 and later released as a movie in 2018. It focuses on the way society uses stereotypes of black people to justify violence and racism against them. This novel was also inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement which has had more recognition after the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

Starr Carter is the protagonist of The Hate U Give and she leads two separate lives, one in her home neighbourhood, Garden Heights, and one in her school, Williamson Prep. The large contrast between both settings means Starr must make sure she doesn’t cross the two personalities. Thomas depicts this struggle very clearly which creates a large sense of sympathy towards Starr. In addition, Starr’s best friend, Khalil, gets shot by a police officer and Starr must learn to fight stereotypes and get justice for her friend.

Overall this book is extremely moving, educational and emotional. I would recommend it to mature readers 13+ as some scenes are slightly distressing and if you’re thinking about watching the movie, I would recommend reading the book first as you always get more detail.

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