In the young adult fiction novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the book follows the life of a 16 year old black girl named Starr Carter. Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood Garden Heights, and her wealthy white prep school Williamson. Starr witnesses her childhood friend Khalil get shot by a police officer which draws her towards activism. Starr is under a lot of pressure and has to choose to find her voice and stand up for what's right. I personally think that this book and movie were groundbreaking pieces of work that really portrayed what dealing with activism and racism is like. The book and movie show that you should stand up for what is right as police brutality and racism are two big problems in the world today. It really puts out a powerful message for teens about racism and activism. I thought the book was written in an engaging way to make readers want to keep reading the book and would totally recommend this book for others to read. I thought that the book was also an easy read for someone that doesn't always understand what is happening in a book. The movie was amazing and followed the book allowing there to be some differences and not every little detail the book had. It is one of the best movies I have seen and sends out a very strong message to the world.
The Hate U Give book was released on February 28, 2017 and was made into a movie that was released October 5, 2018. The author Angie Thomas wrote another book called On The Come Up that will be released in 2019. The Black Lives Matter movement inspired Angie Thomas to write The Hate U Give. In the book, Starr gets this advice, “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right” (Thomas). This shows that the book gives a message to do what you feel is right, and to never give up. Mary Battle, an EHHS senior who read the book for summer reading says, “I thought it was very good book, it was one of the only books I have liked that I read. My favorite part was when she was at the protest and she stood up and talked for Khalil after being silent. It really made me feel more comfortable to speak out.” In the book, Starr is told, “That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be” (Thomas). This shows that you have a voice and need to use it for there to be change in the world. Christina Fowler a senior who also read the book for summer reading says, “I thought the book The Hate U Give was a very good book. It’s very inspirational and a has a powerful meaning behind it.” Rosina Tiano, a seventh grader who saw the movie and didn’t read the book said, “I liked the movie. It was a very powerful movie that showed that the world should be treated equal and you should stick up for yourself.”In the book, Starr is told, “Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr.” “It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that” (Thomas). Even though you are brave that doesn't mean that all your nerves go away and you aren't scared to speak out.