The Hate U Give is the book that has made the most impact on me. It is a YA Fic but anyone can read it and be inspired by it. It is a masterpiece. It focuses on the life of Starr Carter, a sixteen year old, African-American Girl who lives in between two worlds. One is the poor suburban neighborhood she was raised in and the other is the preparatory school she attends where most students are White.
The contrast between the two worlds is evident. Inside her neighborhodd there are gang wars and other things but it is the place she loves and is familiar to her. The school on the other hand contains a whole another version of Starr. There she tries to supress emotions such as anger and tries to act cool, never even showing her true self. She does not want to be characterised as the “angry black girl” so she creates a whole other persona.
The unstable bridge between these worlds is broken when Starr witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Starr is faced with a crucial choice as to whether take action or remain silent. The book explores her choices and their consequences.
It is a beautiful masterpiece and an excellent potrayal of some factors of today’s American life. I definitely and strongly recommend reading it. If my convincng wasn’t enough then let me tell you that the book had a 4.55/5 reating on goodreads and is the three time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards. That’s a hard thing to pull off.
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