The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“What's the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent ?”
Angie Thomas’s debut novel The Hate U Give is a poignant depiction of police brutality in America. Drawn from one of today’s most fierce movements-Black Lives Matter, the novel offers an incisive perspective of the life of a Black teenage girl.
The book follows the life of 16-year-old Starr Carter, an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her mostly-white high school. The balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death becomes a national headline. And the only other person who knows what really happened is Starr.
The Hate U Give is about how Starr deals with the aftermath of these events. Her fear is palpable as she confronts a system she knows is working against her. She's afraid to speak out, but her anger and determination pull her through. Starr’s two worlds converge over questions of police brutality, justice, and activism as she struggles to find a voice amidst racism and oppression.
This book explores the themes of police brutality, fear, loss, family, and trauma- and helps the reader understand the truly systemic nature of racism.