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Kyla, Oakgrove Readalots

The Hate U Give

This book follows Starr, a teenager who grows up on an estate with lots of gangs, drugs, murder and violence. After escaping from a party shooting in her friend Khalil's car, they get pulled over by a police officer and Khalil is subsequently shot.

The story follows Starr as she struggles to cope with the results of the horror and trauma she witnessed. She wants to speak out, but if she does, there would be disastrous consequences. Should she chose to stand up to racism by reporting a crime that would cause rioting?

In my opinion, this book was very thought-provoking. It brought up a lot of issues surrounding racial inequalities in the modern world. I did, however, struggle to relate to this book. I found I couldn't relate because shootings like this are a rare occurrence in the U.K.

I think that this book will age very quickly because it has a lot of references to current things that are cool, but if someone picks up this book in five years time, they will not understand it or relate to them.

I would recommend this book to young adults because it does have quite a lot of violence as well as some references to "mature topics" which wouldn't necessarily be suitable for children. It has a bit of humour, it isn't complete death and destruction.

I would rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

Posted on: 9th May 2018 at 01:52 pm

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