Great Reads

The Hate U Give

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Publish Date : 2/28/2017
Author: Angie Thomas
Started: 3/22/18
Finished: 3/24/18
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My review:

I’m a teacher in North Philadelphia. I have been for four years. I grew up in a nice little area in South Jersey. At first, it was culture shock teaching my students. They are all African American and live in a poverty ridden area. For the last four years, they have shared heart breaking stories with me, many of which mirror the themes in this book. I like to think they learn a lot from me but I’ve learned just as much from them. I am more aware of cultural differences but not in a negative way, I just have grown to understand their culture more. It’s sad but drugs, gangs, and guns are a part of the conversations they are involved with on a daily basis. I of course shut down these conversations in school but I can’t help to hear what some of my own students go through on a daily basis. It’s no wonder why the trauma they face effect their learning.

With that being said, I loved the book! It was very eye-opening. Many parts reminded me of my students and the situations that they have described to me in small group counseling sessions we have every morning. I am so happy that an author has been able to reproduce the fears and lifestyles in such an eye opening way that readers of any race can experience

There are a ton of curse words but my students utilize these words nonstop, even in positive or endearing conversations. I think my students would love to read the book. Although the themes are sad and unfortunate, having something to relate to may bring interest to my students. This is a book I’d like to get many copies for in my classroom.

Starr was so likable. She battled between her “bougie” lifestyle at school and what her friend’s parents call “ghetto”. But what the book set out to do and accomplished was paint her as a normal teenager. Regardless of race, teenagers experience a lot of the same issues. It did point out obviously the cultural differences and that was even more welcoming. The differences in my opinion actually showed how we as humans actually are really the same. Looking past vernacular differences between characters or traumas experienced more or less in other minority cultures, not just racial but including under privileged, Angie Thomas painted them as it should be seen, just every day intelligent human beings that do not deserve The Hate U Give.

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