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Monday 13 March 2017

Review: The Hate U Give

Starr Carter is sixteen and inhabits two worlds, the dangerous gang-infested neighbourhood, and the fancy school she attends in the nicer suburbs, where she keeps her real persona under wraps. 

Her loving parents work hard to give their children a good education away from the rough neighbourhood they live in where oppression is rife.

All that changes in one night when Starr witnesses the shooting of her unarmed friend by a police officer. 

From there, the novel enters a completely different stratosphere, propelled by powerful and fearless writing, and examines issues of race, power, hate and the Black Lives Matter movement. Starr must navigate these issues in her quest for justice. But is justice worth exposing her fa├žade and risking her and her family’s safety?

Charged with powerful truths about hate and race, this book also depicts the cycle of poverty, abuse, gangs and limited opportunities for oppressed minorities.
Filled with heartbreaking moments, characters you will love, snappy, sharp dialogue and enough tension to prevent you putting this book down.
Angie Thomas has written a provocative and timely novel that will stay with you long after the last page.
The Hate U Give explores issues best suited to older teens.

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books, $17.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781406372151
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction