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Lily, Glossopdale School

The Hate U Give

'The Hate U Give' is a well-written novel describing the struggles of growing up in Garden Heights, AKA 'the Ghetto'. Starr is an African-American teenager who should be doing normal things like playing basketball and going out with friends, except she is forced to describe every little detail on her best friends wrongful murder by a white police officer.

In this book we see Starr face lessons in a private school named 'Williamson Academy', hiding the fact that she witnessed Khalil being shot(as well as her friend Natasha years before) and all the while trying to avoid gang violence and getting justice for Khalil.

My favourite characters were Starr and Maverick. Starr was brave, funny and relatable. Maverick, Starr's father, is a hilarious, loving dad. I also loved Bricks, the family's bouncy pit-bull.

My least favourite character was Officer One-fifteen. He wrongfully shot Khalil due to a racial stereotype, and tried to argue that he thought he had a gun.

I loved reading this book. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would enjoy it thoroughly. It covers the topic of racism, which is a big thing in today's society.

In conclusion, this has been one of the best books I have ever read, due to the funny references the characters made and strong language. The strong language made it relatable and easier to read, but for this reason I would not recommend this book to ages 0-10. However, I would definitely advise older readers to read this clever novel!

Posted on: 20th April 2018 at 12:30 pm

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