My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
The Hate U Give is a very important and timely young adult novel. Despite the language that is used throughout, it is a book that is incredibly beneficial for people to read no matter their age. Although it is a young adult book and about a third of it deals with those themes, the other two-thirds of the book are poignant. It makes the reader question their perception of recent events and reconsider their opinions, or at least I hope that it will. Despite the fact that there is a lot of hype surrounding this book, I do not believe that it disappoints.
I found the main characters, like Starr Carter to be well developed. She reacted authentically to the situation she found herself in and struggled to deal with the consequences. I also adored the family situation. Too often in young adult books, there are not supportive family members, the parents are profoundly dense or uninvolved in their children’s’ lives, and this book was not like that at all. I loved seeing the bond between Starr and her father, her love for and squabbles with her brothers, and the protectiveness that her mother had for her. In my opinion, it added to the quality of this story.
The plot itself is so integral to the story and felt realistic to me. There’s not much I can say about it because I feel that it is more important to just read it and experience the story for yourself. As I mentioned before, the themes of the book are so poignant because of our current climate and the Black Lives Matter movement. This book is timely and likely to be making a mark on readers for years to come.