Title- The Hate U Give
Author- Angie Thomas
Movie Director- George Tillman Jr.
What is the point of having a voice, if you are going to be silent, in those moments you shouldnt be? – THE HATE U GIVE.
We all have seen a rainbow at least once, and we all know that it has seven different colours. And we all consider the variations of the colours, as its main sign of beauty. If we can call seven different colours beautiful, why so many discriminations and stereotypes just between two colours-
black and white?
This question hit me when I read the book ‘The Hate U Give.’ The book was published on 28th February 2017 by HarperCollins imprint blazer+ bray, which had won a bidding war for the rights of the novel. It was a commercial success and stayed as the number one book on The New York’s best seller list for almost 50 weeks! This novel was adapted into an audiobook, which won several awards.
The book was also adapted into a movie by Fox 2000 on 19 th October 2018, starring Amandla Stenberg and Algee Smith. Even in the movie, the characters are shown beautifully. Their traits, features and emotions are portrayed perfectly. Apart from the fact that they removed a character, it is very faithful to the book.
Although the movie is amazing, I would recommend the book as it give us a deeper look into the scenes. The movie has also received incredibly positive
This story is narrated through the perspective of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who lives in the mostly poor and black neighbourhood of Garden Heights but attends an elite private school. When she was on her way to home from a party with her childhood friend, Khalil, cops stop their car and order Khalil to get out. When the cops turned away, Khalil peered into the car to check on Starr, fired three bullets at him, instantly killing him, just because he was black and a suspected drug dealer. This incident shatters Starr’s heart as Khalil was the second friend she lost to bullets. As if this was not enough, she is the only witness of this incident, meaning she is the only one who can get justice for Khalil. After his death, the media shows Khalil as a thug, angering Starr even more. But can a mere sixteen-year-old do against the whole media?
Starr Carter is the protagonist of this book. She is very smart and analyses things sharply. As this book is written from her perspective, her emotions and feelings are unfiltered. She feels confused and lost after witnessing the death of both of her best friends. Moreover, she feels discriminated as she is a black.
Beautifully written by Angie Thomas, this book is a must read for all book lovers. This book was Thomas’s debut novel. She started writing this book
after seeing the news of the shooting of Oscar Grant. It shows us how unfair the world today is and how people are using stereotypes to discriminate black people. It tells us how small-minded people have become and shows us how few people are denied of their freedom. I think the main idea of this book is freedom and equality.
One should not be treated differently because of their race, religion, caste or language. We are all humans and must be treated equally. It also gave me a strong idea against racism. It shows us how people feel when they are discriminated. I also learnt that sometimes we can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.
‘The Hate U Give’ is a must read for anyone above the age of thirteen. I give it a five on five! 5 star.
*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest