“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life

WOW! The Hate U Give Has The Power To Change Not Only You As A Reader But The Way We Envision The World We Want To Live In.

This book should be yelled about from the rooftops around the world. This book tackles some of the issues that happen everyday in the world of today. Issues that are seen on the news but usually are immediately forgotten about as people go on with their day.

It shows everyone no matter your race what injustice feels like as you take a walk in Starr’s shoes.

The more I read this book the more I realized that we have seen this very situation happen a thousand times in the news and media. How many times has someone looked at the news and placed a label on something just because those with power tells us to. Maybe you don’t realize your even doing but most have done it at least once.

The Hate U Give shows us that even the smallest voice needs to be heard.


My Thoughts

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was one of those books that I feel in love with 2 paragraphs into it. Starr had the type of voice that felt real and most of her thought were things that anyone could relate to. She felt like one of your friends you have known for your whole life.

She was a normal girl who experience something that no should ever experience and she must decided how she will respond to this tragic experience. Will she fight to find her voice to speak against those who wish to shove the death of her friend under the rug or will she seek Justice for the people who can no longer seek the justice for their self.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”


The flow of this story was paced so well. It makes the whole book feel like were walking in Starr’s shoes as she travels down this road to the very end. I began to question what I would of done if in this situation.

I loved how Angie Thomas showed not only this topic of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement with power affect. She showed that Starr was a girl with a loving family that just so happen to live in a violent neighbor. She was no different than any other person at her private school where she was one of few black kids that roamed the halls.

“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”

Each character in this book had an important role in Starr’s story and each of their lives are intertwine with hers in one way or another. Her family was hands down the greatest YA family I have ever read! They reminded me so much of my own family at times and they brought humor into this book allowing it to light some of the darkness.

The Harry Potter reference killed it!

“Daddy claims the Hogwarts houses are really gangs. They have their own colors, their own hideouts, and they are always riding for each other, like gangs. Harry, Ron, and Hermione never snitch on one another, just like gangbangers. Death Eaters even have matching tattoos. And look at Voldemort. They’re scared to say his name. Really, that “He Who Must Not Be Named” stuff is like giving him a street name. That’s some gangbanging shit right there.” 

I laughed so hard over some many lines in this book especially with her daddy and nana.


I have NO complains about this book. I will say hands down one of the best books I have ever read. If you haven’t read this book or are hesitant because of all the hype trust me when I say this READ THIS BOOK.

This book needs to be heard. Starr’s powerful voice needs to be hear. Your own voice needs to be heard!

I have yet to see the movie of The Hate U Give, but I have heard it’s amazing so I will be picking it up too.


My Rating:

5/5 Jughead Hats!!

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