Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reading Time: 3 minutes

I am sure everybody must have seen or heard about this book by now and I had too. The book was almost on all the reader shelf and naturally piquing my curiosity. Well technically I was also trying to squeeze the book into my Goodreads book challenge for 2017 too.

The Hate U Give- Official Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give- RWAT Take

I went for the audiobook format of the book and I think that was the best decision I made. I am doubtful about how much more I could have reaped from the book unless for the audio format. Well of course the book is awesome and no doubt about that

 

I had listened to the audiobook performed by Bahni Turpin and she is pure genius and has magic in her voice. You can only understand it once you listen to the book. You can never possibly imagine that one person is breathing life to so many numerous character. It was literally listening to magic and somebody narrating a bed time story and lulling to sleep. The only problem is that the book is too powerful to give you a peaceful sleep.

 

Only when I had read the book, did I see why the book was getting so many rave reviews and why it was getting itself placed firmly on the bookshelves of every avid reader. 10 mins into listening to the book and I was literally in tears. The book is powerful. None of it has to say directly and indirectly is easy to overlook or avoid. It goes straight to the heart and in many ways open the readers to a whole new side and lifestyle and moreover to a very relevant factor of our modern day society

 

One of the best things about the book is that it isn’t preaching or it isn’t screaming for a revolution or painting things black. The book is simply narrating the story of Starr Carter and an unfortunate event that comes knocking that changes her life completely. The book revolves around the Black Lives Matters moment and gives us a peak of the lives affected by it directly or indirectly.

 

The book is more like growing up and surviving tough phases of life and more than a powerful story, it has a whole lot of values and messages that is left to imbibe. The book is simple and yet very deep in its narrative.

Conclusion

In my opinion everybody should be reading this book. If not then probably wait for the movie, that is in talks for being made by the time I am writing this review. Read about in our news feature

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