Thiiiiissss was a really bad book to read right after a book that reminded me of the current state of our government (or rather the giant shitshow going on in DC). This was yet another book that reminded me of some seriously messed up stuff that is not just a fiction; it is actually happening, has happened, in our reality. So after this book I decided I would pick up something fun.
While this book made me angry, it also made me laugh, made me sad (in several different ways), and it endeared me to all its characters seemingly without trying. Not only was it about racism, it was about friendship and family and how growing up is tough enough without being discriminated against.
The Hate U Give gave a very personal view of a prevalent issue most of us only experience on a screen. Even though it’s a fiction, this book gives a very accurate portrayal of what a person, a family, and a community go through after a terrible tragedy. I appreciate how it gave voice to the different stances people might take. Starr had as much reason as Khalil’s family to be mad as hell (which she certainly was, I think) but she did her best to not escalate the situation and contribute negatively (tear gas throwing aside, we all have our moments of weakness).
I hope a lot of people read this book. Even if a lot of us might not ever be near a situation like our best friend getting shot on the side of the road for no reason other than the color of their skin, this book helps to make those people that have been that much more human. It helps us see just how ridiculous and illogical the behavior of some people are. We can’t let the stereotypes propagated by a few affect our view of an entire race, or culture, or anything.
Remember, Thug Life.