Relating ‘The Hate U Give’ to our own lives


Jessica Watts, Staff writer

This school year, the English Department chose the novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the One Book, One St. Joseph all-school novel.

The Hate U Give is a story about a young African-American girl named Starr Carter. She witnesses the shooting of her friend Khalil Harris (who is a young African-American man) by a white police officer.

She battles with trauma and grief while also finding her voice to fight for justice. It deals with very important and controversial problems that are dealt with around the world such as racism, police brutality, leading two different lives, and gun violence.

With the support of her family and friends, Starr uses her voice as her biggest weapon to fight for justice, not just for Khalil, but for all poor, oppressed, and neglected people.

I think this book is really amazing to read. A lot of people have no idea what other people go through on a daily basis and how they think and act in difficult situations, so it is a huge eye-opener. When reading this book, you are forced to see things from Starr’s point of view which, chances are, are very different from your own.

Whether or not you agree with all of her opinions is up to you, but by the end of the book, you have at least gained a better understanding of the events in this story.

The events that occur in The Hate U Give have occurred throughout America very often in the past decade. Most people are aware of what has been going on but have formed their own opinions based off of media attention, opinions of family and friends, and personal knowledge. I think The Hate U Give not only gives another perspective on those events, but also helps people realize why these things happen.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend reading this book because it offers a real perspective and insight on tragic events that are happening in our world. We should all be able to take off our blinders on certain situations and broaden our horizons to experience this story.