“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
What took me so long to read The Hate U Give? Now that I’ve read it, I have no idea! Starr lives with her mother, father, and two brothers in Garden Heights. A neighborhood full of violence, gangs, and now, police brutality. Starr has witnessed this violence first hand her whole life and is ready to speak up against it.
First, I have to commend the person who narrated the audiobook, Bahni Turpin was fantastic. I loved the voice of this book. It’s written from Starr’s perspective and it has its typical teenage girl moments. I love all of the pop culture and music references that are thrown in. I often found myself humming the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you’ve read the book, you know why.
The relationship between Starr and her father Maverick may be one of my all-time favorites. You can just feel the love they have for one another. And when Starr does something Maverick knows she shouldn’t be doing but wants to commend her for it, you can just feel it in the narrative. In reality, all the relationships in this book are ones you can relate to on a personal level. Consider the relationship between Hailey, Maya, and Starr. Hailey is that friend we’ve all had who somehow manages to get you to do whatever she wants. Hailey and Maya conquering this as teenagers is something we all had to go through.
This book made me laugh and definitely made me cry. There wasn’t one moment I wasn’t completely hooked into. Thomas did a great job of taking really tough topics and making them digestible for both young readers and adults. This one is a must-read for anyone. I still can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It was brilliant.
“People say misery loves company, but I think it’s like that with anger too.”Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give