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Mrs Green, Witchford Wonders Carnegie

The Hate U Give

This is a brilliantly written story with a powerful message.

The main character is Starr who lives in a poor black neighbourhood with an ever present gang culture of drug dealing and violence. When she is the sole witness to the shooting dead of her best friend Khalil (an unarmed black man) by a white police officer she is faced with the terribly difficult decision of staying quiet and protecting herself and her family, or speaking out in defence of her best friend and the wider issues faced by her community.
You see events from Starr’s perspective and her voice is strong, powerful and totally believable. As are all the other characters in the book which makes it such an absorbing read. You become so involved in the stories that unfold that you care deeply what happens.

I couldn’t put this book down and the issues that it raised made me think and will stay with me. This was the first book on the shortlist that I have read and I really can’t see it being beaten.

Posted on: 9th April 2018 at 10:19 am

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