The hate u give

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The hate u give
Place Published: 
New York, NY
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
First edition
444 pages ; 22 cm
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
590 Lexile.
Accelerated Reader UG 3.9 13.0
Angie Thomas
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On the surface, "The Hate U Give" may seem like a social commentary on the current state of race relations and police interaction with the inner city, but it's a much more complex story than that. It's about one 16-year-old girl's struggle to fit in to two polar opposite worlds. One world is filled with daily drama and a fight for basic survival. The other world is filled with a carefree perspective on life and friends who don't completely understand her. These two worlds collide in the most violent way when one of her best friends from childhood is murdered in front of her eyes. It's clear that Starr Carter has a hard time fitting in with both worlds because both worlds expect her to act a certain way and look a certain way. Personally, I think Thomas focuses on the identity tug-of-war that Starr battles with throughout the book more than the issues of police brutality or racism for two reasons. 1. This is after all a novel that is geared toward young adults and people of all races can relate to identity struggles, and, most importantly, living in a racial society has produced these struggles and have resulted in people being unable to see the humanness of other people because they don't identify and can't relate to their experiences. I don't think Thomas has any intention of condemning a certain race or culture of people. She's just asking her readers to just look at life in another person's shoes, and maybe people will begin to understand what life is like from that perspective.