The Hate U Give
I am a former teacher turned curriculum designer and when I started seeing this book on my Instagram feed, I admit, I didn’t put it right into my queue because I don’t read a lot of young adult novels.
Then Parkland happened.
Then Stephon Clark happened.
Then I educated myself a bit.
……………I could go on and on. And that’s what made this book so utterly real, scary, and just plain disheartening.
Then I realized this book may be more than a young adult novel, but a work of non-fiction.
I have never read a book that made me feel the range of emotions that ran through me. I laughed (all the Voldemort jokes omg), I cried(more on that later), I got visibly angry(told my husband I to finish the book in another room at night because I was a wreck), and most of all… I learned.
In the past few months I have been trying to learn more about racism and how it is still so prevalent today, if not even more so. I once had a class of students who people called the United Nations. You name a race, religion, etc., I had one or more kiddo in my class. And guess what…that was one of the best schools I worked at despite it being “low income”, “in a bad neighborhood”.
It sickens me so much to read what is going on and I am not going to lie, I worry about my former students all the time. I worry about my Muslim students finding the flyers being passed out at nearby mosques that condone hurting Muslims and earning points. I worry about my Asian kids hearing the racist comments Hailey made in this book. I worry about my black students, because sadly, this book is FAR from fiction.
I read the Ebook version of this and after finishing bought the hardcover, because this is one I want to pass down to any kids I may have in the future. This is a book that needs to be read by everyone young and old. Black and white.
This is one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written because it’s been almost a day since finishing it and I am still just trying to wrap my brain around it and not let my emotions get to me. I read some one/two star reviews and I can’t understand the audacity some people have. Guess what, it’s written the way it was to be real. The setting, the characters, the dialogue. It’s real. Just read it. Massive props to Angie Thomas for opening my eyes and hopefully millions more.
Final note from the back: “If this book makes you uncomfortable, it should.”