Review: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Publication Date: February 2017
Listening Time: ~ 12 hours
My Rating: ★★★★★

What is the book about?
I guess nearly every single one of you has heard of “The Hate U Give”, and if you haven’t: Where have you been? Nonetheless I will tell you, what it is about:
We follow the story of Starr, a 16-year-old, black high school student, who lives in the Ghetto, but visits a private school 45 minutes away from her home. This means, that she always is the outsider (kind of). The one day she sneaks out to go to a party in Garden Heights (aka the Ghetto), her best friend gets shot by a police officer. Now Starr must face the injustice of the system, she has to deal with all the hate, that is thrown toward her and her (dead) friend, all the accusations that are made and she is the only one, who knows the truth – who might be able to make a difference. Now, we join her on her journey on finding the courage to speak up and on discovering what friendship really means.

What did I think of the book?
So I listened to the audiobook (I am kind of obsessed with audiobooks atm) and at first I wasn’t really sure about the narrator, but getting further into the book, I adjusted myself to the slang and I found her really fitting – I mean, she really told the story of Starr in a voice, that you would imagine her using. But moving on to the story itself: I LOVED IT! It was so different from everything I ever read – as you may know, I am more of a fantasy-kinda-girl, but OMG this story got to me! It was so damn realistic, and that just makes me sad! How is it possible, that race is still such a huge part of the inequalities in our society? How can it be possible, that a cop will get a out-of-jail-free-card if he shoots a black man (who btw is unarmed!)? What is wrong with this system? Angie Thomas did a fantastic job at making me think about this f***ed up society and also at telling the story of the other victim, not the one that died, but the one, who had to live with the memory of seeing her friend die for no reason at all. So, yes, I would recommend everyone to read this book and damn, get up and do what you can to change this f***ed up shit! (sorry, the book kind of left me in a swearing mood – I am just that moved by it.)

Have you read the book yet? And what did you think of it? Also, what do you think, we can do to change this society, to finally get rid of this inequality-shit? Leave your opinion in the comments below!