Book Review: The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas


The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Published: February 2017

Pages: 444

This was an incredibly moving and compelling story.  It’s a serious look at a black girl who has already lost a friend to a drive-by shooting and then loses another friend when a police officer shoots him in the street after being pulled over.  Starr, the main character also goes to a private school where she acts/speaks/dresses differently.  When both parts of her life collide, she must decide what she believes in and how to best honor and support her friend and her community.

This is a timely, contemporary title that is thoughtful and focuses on Black Lives Matter as well as historical references such as the Black Panthers 10 Point Program.  It was not preachy or political.  It was honest and thought-provoking with many perspectives.

Below is a link to the movie trailer (release date October 19) which looks amazing.  So tell me, have you read the book and will you see the movie?

Link to movie trailer here.

About the Author:

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is upended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Thomas holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included.