This weeks book review is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Prior to reading the book, I was aware it would reference the Black Lives Matter movement but unaware of anything further regarding the book. From the beginning, I felt out of my element. The Hate U Give was unlike any book I have read before and for that I am grateful. Throughout the book, I experienced a culture much different than my own. I experienced, through the power of reading, a world that, if not for this book, I would have never visited. We become numb as a society to the media exploitation of men of color being shot and killed, whether by a police office or any other individual. The media sensationalizes these deaths and reports on what we want, or need to hear. We hear that the police officer was protecting himself or that the victim was a drug dealer and his death doesn't matter. But every senseless death has a story.
The Hate U Give provides us with one story of a 16 year old boy, his best friend, and a community outraged. Angie Thomas delves deep into a racially charged issue that all people, regardless of color, should experience. Getting out of our comfort zone, while uncomfortable, is where we begin to grow as people. I have thought about The Hate U Give everyday since reading it, whether it's how different we are treated as American citizens based on our race to how every death impacts someone. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will test them and make them re-think preconceived notions within our society.
What Others are Saying
"The Hate U Give is filled with the kind of profound statements that I never expected from young adult fiction, but they still felt completely natural and appropriate--statements that made me, as an adult, stop and question my own behaviors and thoughts. "
"This is a book that is THE book to point at when explaining what you mean when you say that those outside the black experience cannot write as authentically as those within. "
"Great fantastic debut novel with awesome characters, lots and lots of depths and nuances of the complexity of what it means to grow up black in 21st century America."
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