“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” – The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas was a book that I wanted to read from the minute I read the blurb. The Black Lives Matter movement is something that I have been interested in since its inception in 2012 as a result of the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Now while I cannot full understand the issues faced, I feel deeply for those being persecuted for the colour of their skin. It absolutely breaks my heart.
When THUG was released in April 2017 I bought it straight away but somehow it ended up at the back of my bookshelf. This past bank holiday weekend I decided to sort through my books and have a good old cathartic clear out. Because of that, I found THUG. I started the book at 9.30am on Sunday morning and by 4pm I had finished it.
“Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice”.
A truly heartbreaking story, made even more so by the fact that it is a story lived by so many, Angie Thomas manages to weave a tale in which we are able to gain insight into the lives of those effected by such unnecessary events. I loved the relationships in this book, the depiction of a family unit, and the bond of a community drowned in grief.
In short it is not only a gut-wrenching story that is so familiar to us, the story of a young black unarmed teenager getting shot, but one of love and loss, of grief and unity, of family and friendship.
It is a book that shattered my heart and left me feeling a little bit emptier than when I started, and I absolutely loved it for that, for its raw, unapologetic honesty. It is very possible that this will be my favourite book of the year, and one that I recommend EVERYONE reads, whether you are a fan of YA books or not. It is a story that needs to be heard, far and wide.
How did I rate it?
I absolutely give the book 5/5 stars. If you haven’t already, go buy it now, you’ll thank me later. Promise
Peace and pages