Contemporary (YA) | Realistic Fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

25. July 2018


Young Adult/Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

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.




The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and is an important response to what is happening today around the world. The Hate U Give goes into the roles of the victims of what I like to call ignorance. Ignorance is what gets people killed; when we assume something because of the actions of someone else. I think that ignorance can be found in all societies against everyone and everything, but this movement is incredibly important for one group of people.

Since I live in Norway we hear and see a lot of things, but we rarely experience it ourselves. Not only am I Norwegian, I’m ethnically white and therefore I rarely experience what I would call racism. But everything we hear and see coming from the US is all about people being killed east and west and north and south, sometimes because of the color of their skin, other times because they believe in something greater than themselves, but mostly it’s because of the (excuse my language) fucked up laws surrounding guns. I mean, WHY IN THE NAME OF EVERYTHING THAT IS HOLY DO YOU NEED GUNS.

The Hate U Give is important because it gives us “white privileged” people a breadcrumb of understanding of how it is like to be a dark skinned girl living in the slums of the US. It gives us a breadcrumb of understanding how it is like to be a dark skinned girl in general. And it gives us a breadcrumb of understanding of how it is like to be a dark skinned girl growing up with one foot in both worlds.

The characters of this book are so likable and all-round well written. Their issues and thoughts are so realistic, and I got sucked right into this book. I loved it.

I really liked this book, and I really liked how it grasped this large theme that is SO IMPORTANT right now. We live in a world where almost anyone can become a cop – where corruption is found in both low and high places, and it’s so important to shred a light on these issues. I hope this book is given the status of a classic some time. I hope it can open eyes and minds to people in general. Because it’s such a wonderful book.


  • When Starr thought “Funny how it works with white kids thought. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.
  • The
  • That moment when Khalil dies… It’s terrifying
  • When Starr thought “That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What is the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
  • Starr’s mom being amazing all the time
  • Starr’s dad being badass all the time

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