Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I don’t even know where to start with how good this book is. It’s been awhile since I read a book that made me care this much. The Hate U Give will break your heart, you will care about every character in the story, if there’s one book that you must read this year it’s this one.
Though Starr is the main character, the story focuses a lot on her family, which I thought was really awesome. Starr’s family is so wonderful and supportive, her parents are adorable. I was so glad to see this book did not suffer from non-existent parents, both her mom and dad are great characters.
This book can be hard to read at times, but in a good way. It’s very emotional, very raw and full of truth. There were times when I would have to stop reading because I was crying. The injustice of what happened to Khalil, and of what actually happens to too many black people today is never shied away from in this book. The message is strong, but never preachy.
I’m not sure what else I can say about this book. Please read it, read it as soon as you can. Buy the book, buy it for your friends.
I gave The Hate U Give 5 stars on Goodreads.