The Hate You Give: What I Read, January 2019

The Hate You Give 
by Angie Thomas
4 Stars

Starr is a sixteen year old girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends a private school in the nice part of town. Her father owns the neighborhood grocery store, and her mom is a nurse. Her childhood friend, Khalil, is shot by a police officer. His death becomes national news. Starr is torn between her friends at the private school, who understand very little her home life, and the neighborhood she knows and loves. As the questions and protests surrounding Khalil's death grow, Starr is unsure of what is the right thing to do.

This book was hard to read. Well, it was easy to read, but the content was heavy. It was emotional and heart wrenching. As a white woman, I had to suspend what I know for myself and let myself view this story as someone with a completely different lens than my own. The book was eye opening and made me think for a long time. While I felt like parts of the book dove into racial stereotypes, and that bugged me, I think this kind of story is essential in opening the conversation. Read it, and let me know what you think. Be prepared to cry.