By: Lindsey Moore
Books should act as a window into different worlds, both real and imagined. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas does just that.
The book focuses on sixteen-year-old Starr, a black female who lives in a poor urban neighborhood but attends a rich, suburban private school. She prefers to keep her school life and her home life separate. One night, Starr witnesses the shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil by a police officer. Her world is thrown into chaos as Khalil’s death makes national headlines. As speaking out could put both her and her family endanger, she must decide if she wants to be a witness in the case. The Hate U Give is an enlightening look into issues within society, like racism, police brutality, and cultural divides.
After finishing the book, I felt woke (Woke: [wohk] perceived awareness of social and racial issues). In our sheltered charter bubble, it can be easy to forget about or ignore the problems of other communities, both within our country and around the world. I feel like this book is a good first step in stepping outside of the bubble.
Also, filming for the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give has just wrapped! The movie stars Amandla Stenberg and Sabrina Carpenter, to name a few famous names. It will premiere sometime next year.
So what are you waiting for? Go borrow or pick up a copy of The Hate U Give and get to reading! This unique story full of heart and thought provoking moments will have you thinking long after you turn the last page.