Starr Carter is a witness of a fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unharmed and when people find out about this, riots and protests are taking the streets. I absolutely loved this book. It looks at how minorities are treated so much more differently and how police officers will shoot any coloured person, even if they haven’t offended them. This book looks at the real problems going on in society today such as poverty, gangs, shootings, etc. and what it means to be human. It’s very captivating, beautifully written, and tells a clear message of what our society has become against other races. 5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
There is no doubt that this is one of the most heart-touching novels I have read in a while. I'm not shocked that this book had such high ratings online and was basically the book of 2017. It saddens me to even imagine the experiences of the people in the book. As a member of another minority, I don't find racism tolerable in any way, shape, or form. It is sickening to know that people (especially in the States) actually relate directly to the horrors shown in this story. The battle to equality is difficult, but hopefully this book helps speed up the process.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
My first reaction to the book; wait, why is this so acclaimed? My final reaction: I need this book in multiple copies. The Hate U Give is such an important book. I can’t stress this enough; it’s a must read for teens. There were so many aspects that this book had from the Black Lives Matter movement to just Starr with her slightly dysfunctional but loveable family. Starr Carter is primarily known in Garden Heights as “Big Mav’s daughter who works at the store”, even though it’s her hometown. The truth is, that’s where she’s always seen because she goes to a school an hour away, as her parents attempt to shape a better future for her. But the truth is, Garden Heights Starr and William Prep Starr are two different people, and she couldn’t imagine it ever being different. But on one day, alongside her brother’s sister (the family tree will have you in for a ride!) Starr goes to a Garden Heights party and sees one of her childhood best friends, Khalil. As an attempt to leave the party due to a shooting, they get pulled over by the police and Khalil is shot dead… for no reason, other than the fact that he was black. I get that this can be controversial, but the truth is that this society is a reality for us. You have to overlook a few things but at the same time have to understand the setting of the book. There are so many powerful messages that are so important for YA communities. My review won’t do it justice; you have to read this book. Multiple times. “A hairbrush is not a gun.” Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library