Back in 2016, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give was already listed as being one of the most anticipated books of 2017, and on February 28th, it finally hit shelves.
Here’s the Goodreads Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
This young adult novel breaks ground for being so unapologetic and unfiltered in its telling about the harsh realities people of color face everyday. Sure, we can throw #blacklivesmatter or #alllivesmatter in our social media status’ and go on about our day, but when it comes to actually fighting and standing up for one another, regardless if we’re pale as snow, dark as midnight, or brown as cocoa, are we really doing everything we can? I even ask myself this question and I hope that these 5 quotes will encourage you to pick up this very important read.
1. “It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”
2. “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
3. “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
4. “People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe.”
5. “I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”
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Quotes Adapted From Goodreads