Every moment in life has more sides to the story, but often we only see or hear just one. The Hate U Give shows all sides, and also that stories can be easily twisted around on purpose.
Some tales need to be told over and over again. Because people refuse to listen, people refuse to see, and mostly because people refuse to learn. The story of The Hate U Give isn’t new, it isn’t unique, but it is a tale that needs to be told and needs to be shown. It is the story that is easily pushed away and forgotten because it isn’t pretty and nice, and it doesn’t concern many people in the world. And yet it does because the powers at hand in this book are the actual powers in the world and the state of mind is integrated into modern day society. Sometimes things have to change now, not in the future, and The Hate U Give shows exactly why. Because if we don’t change we’ll stay stuck in a world where people think in an “us and them”.
Over the last couple of years, the demand for change has been increasing. Because people had enough, and they are right to feel that way. Certain political parties all over the world are not helping in this feeling while whole countries have their inhabitants completely divided against each other. People speak of an “us and them” and the tension this creates is at the brink of exploding.
This is where The Hate U Give comes in, showing the reader exactly how this division creates an inequality that is not natural nor fair. And showing how this tension always ends up exploding in everyone’s faces with one side turning on the other, hurting innocent people in the process and only reinforcing the whole thought process over and over until there seems to be nothing you can do about it. The scary part? The differences in the world that this book talks about aren’t fictional at all. They are bloody reality and people suffer because of it, and because of the unwillingness of others to even acknowledge the existence of the (very deep rooted) problem.
It always helps when the main character of a book is relatable, and Starr is exactly that. She’s the girl next door, everyone has a friend that they could envision being her. She is a teenager on the brink of adulthood, thrown into a spiral of chaos that she never chose to be in and yet she has become latched to its core. Her unwillingness to be sucked into everything, her wish for everything to stay the same is something that many people can relate to. While change is sometimes needed it is also scary, and it’s even more scary if you are the one causing it. To be the domino that starts the whole course of others falling down. Starr’s struggle is relatable to many, each in their own form or way, and that is what makes her one of the most awesome main characters I have ever met. She’s just a young woman, she shouldn’t have to feel different, she’s someone you want to meet and fight for.
A great and inspiring tale about courage in the face of danger and uncertainty. This story about the ongoing differences in the world shows how easily we could unite, but also how easy it is to be divided and pitted against each other. If this book doesn’t make you think, I don’t know what will.
The Hate U Give
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.
Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give / Walker Books / 9781406387162