The Hate U Give
from Walker Books...
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.
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This book is a realistic young adult novel that follows the life of 16-year-old Starr, an African-American teenager trying to balance two sides of her life: the poor neighbourhood she grew up in, and the posh high school she attends. Her life changes, however, when she witnesses the murder of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a white police officer. What follows his death and what Starr says and does changes and impacts not just those close to her and Khalil, but her entire community.
I enjoyed this novel very much. I think this book is aimed at young adults aged 14 and over as it deals with heavy and confronting topics like extreme police brutality, African-American rights and sexuality, all of which are issues present in modern society, although not necessarily here in Australia. This book is not like other young adult books that I have read in the past and I really liked that it was different. I liked how this book gave me an insight into the perspective of different people living and dealing with different situations and issues all over the world. I think a good book can make you cry and this book definitely made me genuinely upset when I thought about how the issue of police brutality happens too often overseas. Seeing the perspective of the people who are affected by things like this and what they go through is truly heartbreaking. But at the same time, I believe that it needs to be talked about and the issue needs to be dealt with and we canít do this by just watching it happen.
The language that the author uses is easy to read and informal but has so much depth and meaning to the words used and how the story is written as a whole. I would definitely recommend this book to others but with a warning for confronting and mature themes.
Gabby, age 14