Number of pages: 444
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 5
If you read one book this year, let it be this one. Not only is it relatable and powerful, but it is also incredibly well written. I truly believe that if you can read this book and learn something from it, the world will be one step closer to becoming a better place. I am also fairly certain that this is the second contemporary book to ever earn 5 stars from me. If that doesn’t convince you to go read The Hate U Give right now, I’m not sure what will.
The writing is fantastic. I’m not sure I have ever read a book where the speech is so incredibly real. Real people speak like the characters in The Hate U Give. Speech isn’t edited in real life like it is in most books. Speech is filled with short forms and mistakes, and Angie Thomas leaves those mistakes in, making the reading experience so much more real. If you are a grammar lover like me, it takes some getting used to, but I hope that by the end of the book you are able to appreciate the authenticity brought to the story by the writing.
The characters are fantastically human. Starr and her family make mistakes, yet they are constantly trying to do the right thing. As Starr’s mom tells Starr “sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right” (p.154). Furthermore, almost every character mentioned is well developed. Names are not simply mentioned haphazardly. Every character in The Hate U Give contributes to the story or the message in a meaningful way.
There is also a fantastic family dynamic that most YA books sadly lack. With The Hate U Give, there is no need to be concerned over who on earth is caring for these 16 year-olds, Starr’s parents are as involved in Starr’s story as they should be.
Frankly, I learned so much from this book, including that it is okay to learn that your behaviour is wrong and hurtful, as long as you genuinely learn and fix your mistakes. The Hate You Give is so important that it should be required reading. There is strong language and abuse, but one of the book I read for my English class was filled with abuse, cheating, and other “mature content”.
The Hate You Give has earned a special place in my heart as one of the few books that has managed to make me cry more than once. Starr’s grief and emotions are so incredibly palpable that it breaks your heart.
Overall, The Hate U Give is one of those rare books that is simultaneously fantastic and important, earning it 5 out of 5 stars.