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Tasniem, Swanshurst School

The Hate U Give

Starr lives two lives. One is her poor family in Garden Heights and the other is her life at her expensive, private posh school. After she witnessed the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil by a police officer, Starr would never be the same again. Protests and riots are held for 'Justice for Khalil'. Drug dealers and gang members cause trouble in the neighborhood, threatening Starr and her family. Whatever Starr says could get her killed. Are things going to end with a 'happily ever after'?

I enjoyed the book 'The Hate You Give' because it gives a sense of realism, allowing the story to create dramatic suspense and catches the attention of the reader. The plot is linked to friendship/relationships, love, violence, hardship and sadness.
I especially enjoyed the section where Starr finds the confidence in her to finally stand up for Khalil and do him justice. I think the message that the book tries to get across is to never to doubt yourself and to continue to do right but also to get rid of the people that hold you back and are unhappy for who you really are.

Later in the book, Starr says 'I have been breathing in smoke since I got to Garden Heights'. This really shows the true colours of where she lives and that since she has got there she has just been burdened with disappointments and bad experiences.

This book is so engaging you won't be able to put it down!

Posted on: 20th April 2018 at 08:06 am

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