Nestled in my comfy blanket with a book in my hand and hot chocolate in another, I entered the new year. I spent the new year with the book, The Hate U Give.
This book is one of the best ones I have read until now. I believe this young adult genre book needs to be read by every young person out there. It is not just about racism but it also teaches how important it is to raise our voice, to inform people what they are doing is wrong and not letting them normalize it. The book written by Angie Thomas has received critical acclaim. Furthermore, it has been awarded the Carnegie award, Goodreads Choice Awards’ best young adult fiction and the Audie Award for adult fiction.
The gripping writing and great storytelling add to the already ‘real-life’ situation being told in the book. The narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr Carter. Using Starr as the narrator was definitely a good choice, as we get to see her mind work through all the emotions and advise on a personal level. But having her curse, use slang or lingo, even dropping letters in words as she goes through her inner monologues – that is the closest thing to making the story personal after writing a story in the second person. Between listening to what other’s think is the best thing to do, her parents’ unwavering support and her own doubts, the reader clearly sees Starr’s dilemma as well as how her musings can relate to many other situations.
I think that was what made it real for me. This is not just limited to watching someone wrongfully die by the hand of a police officer, this can be applied to an assault of any kind, abusive relationships. Yes, all varying degrees of difficulty, but difficult all the same. This reminds us that each person is different and how/who we are outside of a situation is different when we’ve been unknowingly and unwillingly thrust into a moment that holds so much weight.
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Anyway, this was a damn good book and it taught me a lot. People are made to be afraid of those who have more power than they do. But The Hate U Give showed me that the power belongs to the common people and not a single powerful individual. The collective will always have a louder voice.