The Hate U Give

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed Black teen.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 176 reviews

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age 16+
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas is a look into what a lot of black communities go through in the United States. The speaker is a girl named Starr Carter who is sixteen and lives in a neighborhood called Garden Heights. Her friend, Khalil, has an altercation with the cops and ends up being shot. From that point on, there are protests at Garden Heights and legal actions are taken. Throughout the rest of the book, there are themes regarding police brutality against the black community, stereotypes, and racialized poverty. I would recommend this book to anyone older than 16 because this book includes descriptive violence, profanity, and subjects that a younger audience might not completely understand. The only downfall of the book is the limited view. This book definitely has a bias toward one side (against the police). However, one of the main purposes of the book is to bring to light this current issue that the black community has with the police from their perspective. Thus, reading this book could be beneficial to anyone who is not in the black community to see what they experience and struggle. This book is extremely relevant to current issues because of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I recommend anyone to read this book, especially if you want to challenge your views if you do not completely agree with the movement!

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age 16+

Important book for 16+

Tons of strong language, swearing, sexual,references, adult content. Good for 16+ high school student. Should be part of a discussion group or study...either with class/peers/parents. Issues brought up need to be processed and worked through. Definitely provides one side/view to issues, so perspective, audience and material intention should be made clear to readers. Critical thinking is important. Worth a read for sure... just make sure the reader is mature enough emotionally and intellectually.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

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