Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is beautiful, emotional, full of love, humor, and hope, and also horror and tragedy. It’s devastating. Thomas so clearly illustrates here how white supremacy isn’t just occasional atrocities by a few racists but an active and continuous system of oppression that targets millions of people every second of every day. It’s maddening, but millions more of us help keep this awful machinery in place.

I learned a lot about craft from Thomas’s vivid, efficient, effortless-seeming prose. Starr and her family and friends are wonderful, complex, compelling, and riveting, and show much more humanity than they are often shown by others.

The Hate U Give is a must-read book.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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