The Hate U Give

The book I chose to read is called “The Hate U Give”. I’m not much into reading so I chose this book because it was in the top ten books good for teenagers. I haven’t finished a book that I haven’t needed to read in school in I don’t know how long. So we will see if I like this one.

The book starts with the character Starr Carter, who is the narrator of the book. In the beginning action Starr went to a party with her friend Kenya. Kenya made Starr feel super uncomfortable/out of place at the party because she accused her of being stuck up. Starr attends school at Williamson Prep, which the majority of the students are white (Start is black). Kenya goes to a public school where the majority is black called Garden Heights (Kenya is black). Later in the chapter we come to find out that Kenya and Starr are friends because they share a brother named Seven. They also went to the same elementary school before Starr started going to prep school. At the party Kenya was gossiping, talking behind people’s back, talking about boys, all the teenage girl stuff and she at one point left Starr all alone. Starr kept some conversations going with some of her former classmates from Garden Heights Elementary. She saw her childhood best friend Khalil, which she hadn’t seen in ages. Then all of a sudden everyone at the party heard an outbreak of gunshots. Start runs to Khalil’s car and texts Kenya to see if she’s okay. In Khalil’s car, Khalil explained that they can’t have a party without having a shooting, and that it was most likely a dispute between some local gangs. Khalil played Starr his favorite albums by Tupac called “Thug Life”. Khalil told Starr that thug life stands for “The hate you give little infants f***s everybody”.

I think it’s pretty cool there’s a book about black school culture. I don’t have any experience or knowledge about those types of schools. I also think it’s really good that we already know where the title of the boom came from. Hopefully there’s better stuff to come, there isn’t much of a story now.

Characterization in The Hate U Give

Characterization in books/stories are super important for the reader. It can be difficult as an author to make sure the reader thinks of a character a certain way. The author only can use words to do this, which adds another level of difficulty. The author of the book “The Hate U Give”, does a really nice job characterizing the people in his book.

The main character/narrator of the book is Starr Carter. She is described as a black girl who attends a primarily white school, called Williamson Prep. She used to go to a black school called Garden Heights. She still stays in touch with her friends from her old school. Starr is perceived in my eyes, from the way the author describes her, as a crowd pleaser. She seems to always have nice things to say, and also seems to hang out with people that maybe aren’t the nicest to her and doesn’t mind. She seems like a genuinely good girl with good intentions. The author opened the book with Starr at a party with some of her old friends. Starr never hesitates to talk to someone she hasn’t seen in awhile. She was checking up on friends and seeing how they were doing the whole party. When the party heard gunshots, Starr ran to the car with one of her old friends named Khalil. When she was in the car she immediately thought of her friend she went to the party with, and texted her to make sure she was okay. The author does a great job making sure I, the reader, have good thoughts about Starr and makes sure i really know what’s going on in her head. When I know what’s going on in someone’s head, you truly know who someone is. But it’s hard to say what going to happen next in the story with her. It seems like nothing could go wrong with her, she’s nice, friendly, popular. I think the author is really focusing on her good side so he can expose who she really is down the line. I think we are going to watch Starr grow and come to some big realizations in this book. It makes sense with the plot diagram. The story starts off a certain way, there’s a conflict, and then the author leaves the reader on a cliff note, OR they leave you feeling just the way you felt when you started the book. I’m waiting to get to know Starr even more.