A review by theespressoedition
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

5.0

Will I ever stop feeling strong emotions regarding The Hate U Give? Probably not. This is probably one of the most (if not the most) impactful books I have ever read.

I honestly don't feel as though I have a place judging this on anything other than the story alone. What I will say is that every person needs to read this, but especially white people. I learned so much just from this one story. I cried and felt anger and wanted more than anything to make a difference as I read it. Even though this was a work of fiction, the events that took place in it are a reality every day in "real life."

The characters were incredible. Strong, powerful, and tangible. They didn't seem unrealistic in the midst of horrible circumstances. They had moments of anxiety and fear, but if anything, that's what made them stronger in the long-run.

If I could, I'd shout it from the rooftops for people to read this. I know, I basically already said that, but I'm sitting here in a pool of my own tears from the impact that book just had on my life.

[TW: racism, murder, hate violence, gangs, fire, riots, death threats, strong language]