Before I get into todays review I want to take a moment to speak again on the Black Lives Matter movement. I said in a previous post that I can’t believe we’re are still dealing with racism in 2020. It breaks my heart to see, hear and read about the injustices that black people have been dealing with. I hope you are doing whatever you can to be an ally now and from here on out. This is something that continuously needs to be addressed. I wanted to re share some links that I have shared before as well as share some others that I have come across. I will be including these links and any others I might come across at the bottom of my posts from here on out. Please donate if you can if not sign petitions watch YouTube videos where they will be donating the money from the views they get and continue to talk about it.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 464 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
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.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I have been wanting to read this book since before it was even released but despite everyone telling me to read it I kept putting it off for some reason. I wish I would have read it sooner.
This book is one that needs/should be read by everyone. While this is a fictional story it talks about something that is actually happening in todays world. Racism, police brutality, white privilege and so much more. I knew what to expect going into this but at the same time I didn’t. this book was eye opening in some aspects to me. Like I know of the injustices that black people face but reading about the extent of some situations I wasn’t expecting. Like I didn’t realize just how bad things were I guess.
This book is very eye opening and I don’t see how you can read it and not finish it learning something. If you haven’t read this book yet please do so immediately. I highly recommend it.
Ways to help #BlackLivesMatter movement here are places to donate, sign petitions as well as some other helpful resources.
Black Booktubers To Follow Please follow those you are really interested in following and continuously support them.
Twitter thread of videos to watch a thread of youtube videos to watch as a way to donate to the BLM movement.
My Instagram I’ve creaqted a highlight of stories where you can find posts about books to read black owned book tores to order from etc.