“The Hate U Give” is a Must Read

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The Hate U Give, a beautifully crafted Young Adult novel by Angie Thomas, tells the story of Starr Carter, a young girl whose life changes when she watches the police shoot her unarmed friend. Starr, who lives in a low-income African-American neighborhood but attends the local white private school, sees her two worlds collide as the news of the shooting becomes national news.

This novel tackles police brutality to racism to gangs. The Hate U Give exposes many readers to an unfamiliar world through the eyes of a young woman experiencing it firsthand. The award-winning novel sits on The New York Times Best-Seller list for 83 weeks and counting. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, called The Hate U Give “a classic of our time.”

Everyone should read this novel to understand an issue in American culture that is misunderstood, yet frequently talked about. This novel depicts the shooting of an unarmed African-American, something familiar in the news but made more personal in the eyes of a teenage girl. Starr is a character struggling with the same things as most high school students like religion, identity, and individualism. Through her angst and discomfort, readers are forced to grapple with controversial issues. This novel inspires tears, laughter, and anger, but also helps readers understand an issue controversial in America.

Thomas constructed a novel with hard-hitting emotions but punctuated with light moments of family, friends, and pop culture references. After reading The Hate U Give, readers will see the world in a different way. Everyone should read this novel to understand an issue made complicated by the world but surprisingly simplified by a teenage girl.