** This is a spoiler free review**
I recently finished reading The Hate You Give, and WOW. Just wow. I know we, as readers, have a variety of preferences when it comes to the books we read. But this is one book that, regardless of personal preferences, everyone should read.
I don't even know if I have the words to express how incredibly important this book is. Not only is the writing superb, but it is extremely relevant and important to many modern social issues.
Depending on your social positioning, I imagine you will experience the themes and messages differently. As a white reader, this book provides a comprehensive, emotional story about the discrimination, racism, and experiences of black people in North America. As someone who considers themselves to be a supporter and advocate for diversity and equality, it is extremely important to listen to the voices of people from marginalized groups.
The main character, Starr, is a compelling narrator and there is no way you won't love her. She is funny, smart, strong, beautiful. Listening to her story is an absolute joy and a privilege, as she navigates growing up as a young black girl in the United States. As if growing up as a teenage girl is not complex enough, Starr navigates racial tensions in a society highly divided, with lots of contrasting perspectives and opinions.
As a white reader, I was forced to question my own thoughts about how I am an ally. I learned so much from this book, but most importantly I learned to question myself more deeply; both my assumptions and my actions. The importance of intersectionality cannot be ignored, and if we truly seek to create a society free of barriers and accepting of all, we need to start by understanding the experiences of those around us, and confront the vast inequalities individuals and groups face.
Overall rating: 10/10 stars
You'll enjoy this book if: You are a human being <3