No Spoiler Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Today’s Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sometimes you get lucky and come across a book that is as good as the hype, and The Hate U Give is definitely one of them (even better than the movie). I recommend this book to any-and-everyone. It’s a powerful, enlightening, and engaging emotional roller-coaster.

Kwapi Vengesayi

This book was recommended to me by one of my Instagram followers on @goodblackreads. It had just come out, and although I wasn’t familiar with the author Angie Thomas, the book description sparked my curiosity … as well as my anxiety.

You see, I struggle with works of literature that (closely) mirror the darker chapters of our human experiences as if they have been pulled directly from news headlines and Go Fund Me pages, and Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give is no exception. I read books to escape our real-life lived anxieties and pressures, and any other day, I would have avoided this title because I would have considered it triggering: but I’m glad I didn’t. Doing so would have deprived me of experiencing a powerful creation and discovering a new author.

The Hate U Give is more than just a social commentary piece shining a light on the killing of unarmed black men. It’s an exploration into our society’s often polarized reaction to these tragic events. An exploration into the reactions of those that knew the victim and the trauma such a tragedy causes to their loved ones and the community they were a part of juxtaposed with the reactions of those that didn’t—law enforcement, the media and communities not affected by the tragedy.

Sometimes you get lucky and come across a book that is as good as the hype, and The Hate U Give is definitely one of them (even better than the movie). I recommend this book to any-and-everyone. It’s a powerful, enlightening, and engaging emotional roller-coaster.

Book Description

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.

Sincerely,
Kwapi

Kwapi Vengesayi is an Amazon bestselling author whose books explore captivating musings and thought-provoking conversations about love, relationships, life and our human experience. You can find his book on Amazon. You can also follow him on Twitter @kwapiv, Instagram @goodblackreads or subscribe to his blog at kwapiv.com