A 2017 MUST READ! – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Review


  • my rating: 5 stars
  • published by: Walker Books
  • genres: young adult, contemporary
  • diversity: black mc, majority black side cast, chinese/american side character
  • where to purchase: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads


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.

I know everyone is saying this, but if you haven’t read this book yet I urge you to. I really do. Everyone needs to read this

Angie Thomas’ debut novel has been on the top of the NY Times Bestseller list for 32 weeks as of today, and I hope it’s on there for much longer. It truly deserves that spot, I say that totally without hesitation.

This is, without a doubt, the BEST young adults contemporary book I have ever read. And I don’t say that lightly. But this book was so important, so moving and so brilliantly crafted I can’t not rave about it, recommend it. I have not stopped thinking about this book since I read it. It’s my favourite contemporary, and probably one of my favourites books in general as well.

The thing about The Hate U Give is that it’s simultaneously powerful and moving, but also funny and lighthearted at times. Yes, it’s about police violence and anti-black sentiments and racism in America – but it’s also about the importance of family, friends and about empowering young people, especially young black women.

the main character of The Hate U Give is one of the most remarkable ya protagonists I’ve ever read about Starr is absolutely incredible, totally admirable. First of all, she goes through a character arc that’s both unique to her experience as a black women in America, but also one I think most people can relate to. Starr constantly uses her voice to stand up for the marginalised. She uses her voice in such a powerful way, and shows everyone that we can all participate in a change for the better. But even though she is so brave, she is also vulnerable. And she’s also just a teenager, and Angie Thomas was able to perfectly balance these aspects of her character. Starr is admirable and brave and inspirational – but she is also a teenager who’s day to day life is relatable. Plus, the tone of the book and Starr’s narration definitely felt like an authentic teenage voice. Starr felt like a real teenager and god if I didn’t absolutely love that.



I think one thing thats important about this book is that it’s real. Thats what makes this book so powerful. Khalil may not be real but Emmett Till,Aiyana JonesTravyon MartinRekia BoydTamir RiceEzell Ford, and so many more

And it’s not exclusive to America. Remember Elijah DoughtyMs Dhu, and again so many more

This book definitely was confronting, and it made me uncomfortable. And I think thats a good thing, thats what this book aims to do. This definitely was a privilege check for me and I’m glad. I’m glad this book helped open my eyes and exposed me to an experience that is not mine, but is so important to know about.

Responses to this book

I am extremely disappointed by some of the reaction from this book, primarily from my fellow white people.

The idea that 1:reverse racism even exists and 2: this book perpetuates it is beyond ridiculous. It disappoints me that some people decided to take away from this book the exact opposite of the message it was trying to make.

This book is a clear example of why we need more diverse YA. First of all, becase this book has been empowering and popular and well loved, but also because so many of my fellow readers are still so uncomfortable reading a book where non white people are centred and that is really gross.


Anyway, nothing I say can do this book justice. But I love it. I love how honest it is, how brave it is, how powerful it is. I love how funny it is, I love the family dybamics, and the friendships. I love the relationship, I love the prom scene. I love the discussions, I love the dialogue, and I love the side characters. I love how empowered this has made people feel, especially and most importantly black teens. I love it.


xo jamieson

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