The hate u give by Angie Thomas | Book Review

- By Shweta Choudhary

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.


I personally love this book I read it a year ago and today when the trailer came out it brought tears in my eyes because I still do remember The strongest aspect of this book was it's social commentary and political criticism. This is the kind of book that should be in the hands of teens, making them aware of current issues, educating them on pressing matters, and encouraging them to get involved to create change.

 I absolutely left this read with an entirely new perspective I will carry with me in the future. It poses many important questions about racism, police brutality, discrimination, and prejudice while also answering them in a comprehensive and inviting way. It was fascinating to see the integration of such a powerful movement implemented into an accessible form of media for teens. I truly don't think you can leave this book without SOMETHING that will have made you say "I never thought about it this way",

This book was a powerful read. It was emotional, honest & uneasy. Yes, uneasy. It's not easy to read about racism & prejudice. It is so much easier to remain ignorant. I applaud how this book moved others to speak their truth. Their words touched me deeply.

This book review is written by Shweta Choudary, a budding blogger, writer and my little sister. She loves to read new books and listen to great music.  I'm happy to announce that she will be writing for my blog Crazy Nailzz. Stay posted for more from her and me...

Lots of Love!!!