Starr Carter is a 16-year old who lives in two worlds: the poor black neighborhood, Garden Heights, where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. One night, Starr goes to a party in Garden Heights and she meets her childhood best friend, Khalil. When he drives her home after the party, they are stopped by a policeman. Khalil is forced to get out of the car and the police officer shoots him, even though he was unarmed. Soon afterward, his murder becomes a national headline. He’s called a thug, a drug dealer, and a gangbanger. When it comes clear that the police have little interest in investigating it, protests take the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. They all try to figure out what really happened that night and the only one who can answer that is Starr, who gives many interviews trying to clean Khalil’s name, but what she says could ultimately decide the fate of this policeman- and more importantly whether or not he is charged with the murder of Khalil. ~ GoodReads
“The Hate You Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone” -Tupac Shakur
Alright yal, this review is long overdue. I apologize for the wait! As you guys noticed from the title I will be combining both the book and the movie into one review. I finished the book about 2 weeks ago and I saw the movie last week. Both were good in their own right, but one of them stood out more than the other. So stay tuned for the reveal! 🙂
Hands down the best book I have read in a while. I feel like this book was a lot more relatable than my first review book (Check that one out too!). After reading, I think my favorite genre of books will be urban contemporary. Not because I am black but because they give readers of all racial backgrounds something to feel. The Hate U Give gave me a rush of emotions that I think the author wanted us to experience. The author, Angie Thomas, took her time with all the events that happened and it didn’t seem rushed. She made the characters relatable to any one that would read this.
The main character Starr unfortunately had to experience life at such an early age which wasn’t easy for her. She suffered from being in a tough , run down neighborhood, going to a school she didn’t feel welcome in, fake friends, family issues, and most importantly losing two of her best friends to gun violence. Starr knows her life has not been the prettiest, but the one thing that stood out the most to me was that Starr made her name mean exactly what a ‘star’ is: Bright, bold and powerful.
I’m gonna take Starr’s name and put it in an analogy.
First Starr’s ‘light’ was shining normally. Of course she had her typical life situations, like dealing with her boyfriend, basketball, her life at home. But she was herself and seemed happy.
Then all of that changed when Khalil got shot right in front of her face. That’s when Starr’s light dimmed throughout the duration of the book.
It was only towards the end was where she gained her strength back and was the bold bright, and powerful star that her father proudly called her. She stood up for what was right and that had me feeling amazing.
This book spoke volumes to me. The author was not afraid to speak the truth on what unfortunately is still happening in today. Police brutality is real, racism is real, and I hope this book shed some light on the people who still think those two things are not a problem. It also showed that no matter how quiet people try to make you, you speak as loud as you can until you are heard.
“Don’t ever have them make you be quiet”- Starr’s father Maverick.
Because when we are quiet, we give them the power. But when we use our voices, is when they fear us.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for Angie Thomas’s new book coming out in 2019 called On the Come Up. Be on the look out for that book review coming soon!
Still my favorite quote ❤
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The movie was like the book’s fraternal twin. It was different yet still had the soul of the story.
Much like any book movie adaptation not everything is going to be spot on with the book and that is something I had to learn while watching. My best friend is a witness, and I what upset me was the subtle changes they made. In my opinion those changes ruined the movie at first. But after a while I calmed down and watched the movie for what they made it out to be. According to Angie Thomas she was okay with the changes, and if she was cool with it, who am I to get upset about it?
Now Starr (played by Amandla Stenberg) was phenomenal. She brought out her character just like how I expected her to. The only thing I didn’t really like (which is pretty lame) was her braids. Like she has beautiful natural hair and I wish they had her embrace it in the film.
Amandla had the wit, grace, and ambition to bring Starr’s character to life. She showed us that even though Starr had her fears and doubts, and wanted to give up, she stood her ground and helped us viewers see that she is a force to be reckoned with.
He most definitely did. And he thanks you for standing up for him and giving his name and most importantly his life a new meaning. Now this was the moment I was proud to see. The movie did this part perfect in my opinion.
Going back to the story’s title for a second. The Hate U Give. (T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.) was majorly expressed throughout the film and its acronym was probably more used in the movie than the book. “The hate you give little infants fucks everybody” is what I found out to be very very true. We are not born hateful, we are only taught it. And it angers me that some people choose to teach their children to hate others just because they look different from them. We all bleed the same, have the same organs in our bodies, we all laugh, cry, smile. And if our children are planted with that seed of hatred, it can only keep growing until it is in the hearts of many.
The movie portrayed the acronym in a very shocking way. I will not reveal what that is but to all of the people who read the book, will be like I was like (WTF) but kinda in a good way because it is a scene that was not in the book.
To be honest, this movie was good. Not bad just good. I personally think it lacked luster to what the book had. But that’s how all movie adaptations go, the book is often ALWAYS going to have more detail.
You may have a different opinion than me. Which is also great. However, If I were you, I would finish the book first then see the movie. Those who have I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. As well as those who just saw the movie for fun.
“The Hate You Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone” -Tupac Shakur
Movie rating 6.5/10
Book rating 9.5/10
I liked the book better obviously
As always stay marvelous! ❤