Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Walker YA

Topics: Black Lives Matter, race, police brutality, diversity


Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

My Review:

I’m not sure if I can do this book justice in a review. It was incredibly thought-provoking and I can’t begin to express how much it spoke to me. It was so real, so unafraid to discuss topics that are scarce in YA as far as I’m aware of, like corruption amongst authority figures, police brutality, guns, gang culture, drug dealing, racism, racial stereotypes. Even more importantly, Angie Thomas puts across some incredible messages that’ll stick with me for a long time. Some of my favourite quotes:

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”

“That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life.”

Aside from all this, I loved Starr and her development from being afraid and unable to speak out to finding her voice and fighting back. I loved the dynamics within Starr’s family and her neighbourhood; the sense of community within Garden Heights was so well done. When it comes to places like Garden Heights, it can be easy to hone in on the negatives. Personally, I grew up in, and still live near, some pretty rough areas, so I really appreciated that Angie Thomas highlighted the positive side of poorer, or more run down, communities to counteract the negatives.

Everyone should read this book. It explores so many relevant issues and handles them tactfully and sensitively; it never came across as preachy. I could write an essay on everything I loved about The Hate U Give, which is saying something, because I’m usually sceptical of books that are overly hyped.

This book deserves the hype. It was amazing and I feel like I gained something from every page. I’ll be talking about it to everyone who will listen, and I can’t wait to see what Angie Thomas does next.

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6 thoughts on “Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

  1. I had the same feeling when I started writing my review. Honestly, I haven’t posted it yet because I keep adapting things in hopes that my review will live up to this book. So I completely understand you on that part!

    No worries though, I loved your review! :)


  2. This is an AMAZING review! I’m just about to read The Hate You Give, but I still need to go the library soon ☺. I’ve seen a lot of reviews on it, and this is one of them that makes me want to pick up the book.


      1. Your welcome! I also wished that I could’ve read it when it was one of the bestsellers on Amazon. I see so many people talking about this book, and I still have no idea what they mean. 🙂


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