TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RIOTS, MURDER, DEATH, VIOLENCE
i read this book ages ago, and watched the movie as soon as it came out.
there’s never really been a book that made me cry within the first 10 pages. until i came across The Hate U Give.
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.
THUG is a story that is so heart-wrenching in its honesty and brutal reality faced by thousands of black Americans every. single. goddamn. day.
remember Emmett Till?
remember Mike Brown?
remember Trayvon Martin?
remember Sandra Bland?
remember Eric Garner?
the list is endless. and it is still going.
THUG touches on police brutality and the impact it has on the loved ones of the victim, discussing the bitter and harrowing experiences faced by families, witnesses and ethnic minorities. it talks about racism. it talks about the awful prejudices and the divide between communities, because years after segregation has ended, black people are still marching for their rights. still protesting for the same damn shit they shouldn’t have to be protesting for.
Starr, as a main character and a witness to the death of her friend, who was shot by a white cop, is an amazing and strong girl. this is such an important and influential book, which i believe should be read by everyone. idc what race you are. you need to read this book. it’s eye opening and heartbreaking and it will make you realise just how deep, and how far, racism can go.
especially in america. and obviously it’s not just america that’s a racist af country, britain is too—but this country is just better at hiding it.
(and clearly we all saw just how deep racism goes in the uk with the election results.)
THUG is written so incredibly, it is moving and will bring you to tears. i lost count of the number of times i had to put the book down and just cry. because the thing is, it’s NOT just a book. it’s the unjust reality people have to face. it is sad. it is heartbreaking. it is real life. and it shouldn’t be.
Angie Thomas is such an amazing writer, so it’s no surprise that The Hate U Give was on the bestsellers list for ages. or that it turned into a movie.
the ending was a realistic one, which i found sad but understandable. however an issue i did have with the book was the prejudices against white people within it, also from Starr’s dad. like it was just . . . how can a book be about racism yet still hold prejudices against another race, when being against it as a whole? i’m not sure i phrased that right, but i hope you get what i mean?
i just found it weird tbh.
i mean yeah it’s realistic and mirrors the way life works, and there were prejudiced jokes and whatnot, which again, happens irl. but it was just a bit iffy.
that, though, was the only issue i had with the book and it was still a minor thing. because everything else was great. the family dynamic, the pacing, the writing, the raw emotions. all of it was just superb.
i can’t recommend THUG enough.
have you read The Hate U Give, or watched it? what did you think? let me know!