The Hate U Give | Review

As I said in my video, if you haven’t heard about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, please crawl out from wherever you might be hiding. If you’re hiding.

If you want background on The Hate U Give, I did a Friday 56 a few weeks ago. You can find that here.

I also decided I was going to live comment my reading of the book. I thought about Twitter, but I didn’t want to blow up anyone’s feed, so I took to Instagram. Here are the two photos with comments. Reading during class was not conducive to making comments, so I only have through Chapter 18.

The thing I forgot to talk about in the video is how the questioning of police and the stories put together by the media engage in victim blaming. Victim blaming dehumanizes the victim of a crime, whatever crime that may be. This is an important part of the conversation about how Thomas serves to humanize all of the characters – from the police officer who is humanized by his father in the media, and the other characters who are humanized through Starr’s commentary about her lived experiences.

Okay. Now the review. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. I could probably talk about this book all day long so I’ll stick to answering the question at the end (because that’s complicated enough as it is).

    I feel like The Hate U Give is both timely and timeless in different ways. I know this is a hopeful way of thinking but that’s what I’m hoping for anyway. I think it’s definitely timely because, like you said, the media dehumanizes people and this book goes far in humanizing every single character.

    I think it’s also timeless because even if we can move past a place where people are dehumanized and victims are blamed for the crime that victimized them, it will still be relevant in that it shows so accurately how things are now. Historically, such books remain relevant if only to remind us where we were as a society.

    Also, unrelated to the theme, the writing is so incredibly good that it’s hard to imagine it not being read still in the future, even after we progress to the point where the Black Lives Matter movement is no longer needed.

    As Oh says in the film Home, “I haves hope.”


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  3. […] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. There is a part of me that wants to submit this title without comment, and there’s another part of me that wants to gently urge those who haven’t read this one yet to go pick it up. Much of what I’m reading about the lens I’m using to write my dissertation talks about how counter-narratives are used to build community around those who are marginalized, as well as offer an alternative narrative to those who aren’t and sometimes forget about others’ humanity. That’s what The Hate U Give does – it reminds us that, despite what the news says and despite how lawyers frame things, black and brown people are human and possess humanity. […]


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