The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Series: N/A

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: February 28th 2017


Five Stars

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

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.

– Blurb courtesy of

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.
Maybe this can be it.”

Chances are you’ve heard about The Hate U Give before, simply because this is a book everyone has been talking about recently. Driving home one evening, with her best friend at the wheel, Starr and Khalil find themselves stopped by the police. Starr knows what to do in this situation, her parents having discussed with her how to act, but Khalil doesn’t, and as he leans down to check on Starr he’s shot three times. Starr is the only witness to her best friend’s death, scared and shaken she finds the gun pointed on her as Khalil bleeds out on the side of the road.

Starr is well aware of all the unlawful deaths that have occurred at the hands of the police. She’s always believed that if she was ever in that situation she would not be silenced, she would speak the loudest to get the justice the victim sorely deserves. However finding herself in that situation is a very different thing all together. She’s terrified, not just because of what could happen to her but what could happen to her family, fearing repercussions from the local gang lord and even the police themselves if she steps forwards as the witness.

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

As Starr struggles with what she witnesses she tries to keep one small part of her life normal. For her friends and her boyfriend Starr is a very different version of herself, and it’s a version where a dead best friend doesn’t fit. However in Garden Heights the people who Starr and Khalil grew up with are tired of the injustice and want to see something done, even if it means taking matters into their own hands.

When I picked up The Hate U Give I thought I knew what to expect from this book. The blurb pretty much gave me the whole story, and with what everyone’s been saying about it I thought I knew what this book would be. I was wrong, but in the very best way. The Hate U Give is a moving and emotional book with such an important message. Angie Thomas doesn’t gloss over any of the hard-to-read facts, instead she tells a powerful story of the injustices that are currently happening.

…The Characters

“I don’t talk like me or sound like me. I choose every word carefully and make sure I pronounce them well. I can never, ever let anyone think I’m ghetto.”

Starr may only be sixteen but the streets she’s lived on have forced her to grow up fast. Already she has witnesses two of her best friends killed, the only difference now with Khalil is she has the power to speak and try to get justice for him. However Starr is scared; when she was younger, alongside the birds and the bees talk, Starr got the talk about how she should act if she was ever stopped by the police and all she wants to do is hide from what happened.

Still despite being terrified of the repercussions that will come her way, from both the police and the local gang lord, Starr knows she needs to speak out for Khalil, to tell the world his side of the story. Starr’s development throughout this story was wonderfully written, she never fully stops being scared, but she does what she knows is right despite that.

“It seems stupid now though, 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? That’s like being ashamed of myself.”

Even though he is killed at the beginning of the story Khalil is as much of a main character as Starr is. After his death Khalil is turned into a thug by the police; someone who dealt drugs, ran with gangs, and in their eyes is not a great loss to society. However in Starr’s eyes and in the eyes of his family Khalil is so much more than that. He was a real person, not a thug, someone they loved and someone who they miss more than they can say now he’s gone.

The first quote I featured in this review is an accurate way to describe Khalil’s character. He becomes a hashtag for the world outside of Garden Heights but through Starr’s eyes we see more than the hashtag, we see the person, both the good and the bad.

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

The secondary characters are just as well written as Starr and Khalil, and really do add to the story. Starr has an incredibly close knit family, and though they’re not perfect they love one another. Her parents support her no matter what her decision may be. While her mother may want to protect Starr from the world she stands by daughter no matter the danger, and it’s Starr’s father who convinces her to make her voice heard. Starr’s boyfriend Chris is also there for her in his own way, even if it’s just offering her something normal to lean. It was also amazing to read about Starr’s friendship with Maya and Hailey, which was amazingly developed and everything I love to see in YA books.

The Hate U Give isn’t just a story that revolves around Starr witnessing her best friend’s death, it’s a story about everything that happens in between the shooting and the grand jury’s decision. Life goes on for Starr but it’s a very different life. This is a story about justice and the lives that have been lost so far, it’s a story that is so important and so worth reading. Every amazing thing you’ve heard about The Hate U Give is true and I highly highly recommend this book.

What did you think of The Hate U Give? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

30 thoughts on “The Hate U Give

  1. Yep, yep, definitely seen this around quite a lot. Thought the book’s themes were quite timely too! It really sounds like the author did exactly what she wanted to do and delivered the right story with the right message. I definitely would pick this up if I ever crossed paths with. Fantastic review, Beth! 😀

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    1. It has been pretty much everywhere recently, but it was an amazing book so all the recognition is well deserved. Yeah definitely a timely release and it was a story that delivered the right message as well, really made me think as I was reading it.
      That’s great to hear, and thanks Lashaan! 😀

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  2. I sort of skimmed this because I have it on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up! I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this, however, and I have seen so many good things about this book! I’m hoping to get to it soon 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Donna, and yeah there is a lot about this book you can’t really get across in a review. It just means no matter what you go in expecting there’ll be something new there you’ll love that you weren’t expecting you know? At least that’s how it was for me. 🙂


  3. YESSSSS BETH YOU’VE READ ITTTTT!!! ❤ *confetti* I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it so much, though this is such a phenomenal book, I am 140% not surprised ahah. And lovely review, as well, Starr's story was so beautiful and I loved the relationships here as well, and the inspiring and powerful message it encourages. Agh. So much love for this book!! Endless praise.

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    1. Ha, yes better late than never right? Then again it wasn’t that late I finally got around to it or anything. 😀
      Definitely a phenomenal book, honestly I was both surprised and not by how much I loved it.
      There is so much happening in this book and every part of it was amazing. I was so emotional reading it, honestly I nearly started crying in places, and I can see why your review for it was so positive now I’ve read it myself! 😀 ❤

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      1. Aha yes! But oh, you’re hardly late! 😊 I know right? I was expecting it to be amazing but I was just kind of blown away by HOW amazing it was haha.
        It really was!! 😍 I knowww it was so emotional in some parts. Though I find it incredible how overall despite the hard topic, the book filled me with so much hope and even made me smile so many times. 😍 Aha right?! I’m glad you loved it as much as I did.

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      2. I suppose not, still I feel like this book has already been released much longer than it has simply because of all the people who’ve already read it! 😀 That’s pretty much what I thought as well.
        I think that must have been hard to do, writing a book like this and making it serious enough to get the point across but also hopeful enough to not depress people is a fine line to walk. 🙂
        Same here! 😀 ❤


  4. You just made me want to read this one even more, Beth! I swear I need to get out of this contemporary funk and get my hands on this book. I’ve heard time and time again how powerful the message is and just how incredible it is in general. This one definitely seems to be the top book contemporary wise this year. I love the fact that it gives such a powerful message and also has those family and friendship elements. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the female friendships in this. I’ve also heard that it’s a book that calls out characters whenever they say something problematic, which I love. Anyway! I’m really going to have to read this one as soon as I can. Great review!! 😊♥

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    1. Oh that’s great to hear, I hope when you do pick it up you really enjoy this one Melissa. I’m slowly coming out of my contemporary funk and honestly this was a great book to kick start me into reading this genre again. I can see why everyone’s calling this the top contemporary book of the year, it really really is.
      I think pretty much everything you’ve heard about this book is true because everything you’ve just said is something I saw in this book. Honestly I can’t recommend this enough, and I’m sure it’ll be one you love just as much as I did.
      Thanks Melissa! 😀 ❤

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      1. I hope so too and I have a feeling it will be one that I love whenever I get around to reading it. I thought I was coming out of my contemporary funk but then I just ended up binge reading a bunch of NA and not wanting to read any YA contemporaries. 🤦 We’ll see what happens after May because I have a feeling I will need some contemporaries to get me out of whatever funk ACOWAR and Lord of Shadows puts me in lol.
        But, yeah, either way with everything I’ve heard this one is definitely one that is high up on my contemporary list. 😊
        You’re welcome, Beth!! ♥

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      2. I have yet to see a negative review for this book, even with all the hype everyone seems to love it, so hopefully it will be the same for you as well. Oh that is kind of weird, I’m slowly coming out of my contemporary funk but actually getting around to the YA releases myself. I’ll need even more after reading ACOWAR! 😀
        Great to hear, it’s a book that comes highly recommended, not only from me but from pretty much everyone who has already read it! 😀 ❤

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  5. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, though I’m not surprised. I’ve seen nothing but amazing reviews for this and I absolutely adored it when I read it. I’m working on a review for it but I just can’t seem to find the right words to do this book justice. So many people have written reviews already I feel like they’ve done a far better job than I can so I might just not review this one. This is one of those amazing reviews by the way! Great job!

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    1. Yeah I thought it was a great book, and honestly I’m not surprised either. 🙂
      There is so much hype for this book but it was all true, and it’s just an amazing book. I can understand that, it took me a while to write this review because I wasn’t sure where to begin, but once I started writing it was a lot easier. There are a lot of reviews but I’d love to see your one for this book if you decide to write it.
      Thanks so much Kirsty! 🙂


  6. Beautiful review, Beth! ❤ I really want to read this one at some point, I hope to soon but it's going to be such an emotional read… I need to be ready for it ahah 🙂

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    1. Definitely relevant and definitely a really important story as well. I’m sure there are a few other people who haven’t quite gotten around to this book yet, I think I was quite late picking it up myself.
      Thanks so much. 🙂


      1. It was really good! I only got to the part where she went to the police to finally give a statement. I requested it again and have to wait until the person before me returns it. So only a couple weeks and then I’ll finish 🙂

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  7. Ahhh, I’m so glad to hear that you liked this one! I was going to read it this month but didn’t have the emotional space, especially knowing that it would be a heavy-ish read (i.e. one with very strong messages that I really want to clear my head for). This book sounds absolutely eye-opening and powerful, and I can’t wait to get to it. ❤

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    1. Oh it was a brilliant book Reg, and yeah one you kind of need to be in the right emotional space to pick up because it’s a very powerful story I think. I hope you manage to get around to it soon, honestly I think this is such an important book and all in all it’s just amazing! 😀 ❤


  8. I really really need to read THUG! I bought it for my friend for her birthday (WITH MY OWN MONEY FSDGHJKL), and I keep asking her to let me borrow it, but she keeps “forgetting”. 😥 😥 I’ll just go scream at her right now, because I NEED THIS SOOOO BAAAAD.

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