To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite book of all time and has been since I read it when I was in 10th grade. There are so many reasons why I love it and why I re-read it every year but since this isn’t a post for it, I’m only mentioning this one because I was reminded of it when I read The Hate U Give. And this idea from To Kill A Mockingbird that ran through my head while I was reading The Hate U Give:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
That idea has stayed with me since I read the book and it’s incredibly relevant in the world we’re living in today. People are so quick to judge without really thinking and Harper Lee was definitely onto something. I think because of that, The Hate U Give, was really impactful for me because it gave me a new perspective on an issue that is sadly all too relevant today. It was very impactful but it was also a great story with fantastic characters that really came to life and even though they were dealing with something very emotional and frightening, there were great moments of life and laughter throughout the story. From the book itself, here is what The Hate U Give is about:
I knew a number of my friends were reading this book around the time I did and I was curious to know what they though. As they are avid readers just like me, they were up for chatting and about it and here’s what they had to say:
“The Hate U Give should not be judged by it’s YA shelf spot. It’s deeply moving, insightful and confronts issues we are watching daily on the news and internally as we navigate our diverse world. The book seamlessly tackles systemic racism, teenage angst, class divide and many other compelling issues in a straightforward and approachable manner. It made me as a reader dive deeper into my reactions on these issues, what my reactions mean and what has shaped my outlook on Black Lives Matters and other forms of activism. With such a heavy subject, The Hate U Give somehow seems like light reading as it engrosses you. This is a must read for every young adult, and has value to many adult readers as well.”
“I could not put this book down. In a world where we need to do better at understanding and accepting each other, The Hate U Give tells a story in a relatable way with an authentic voice. Starr is caught between two worlds and faces her own internal struggles on how to deal with conflict and injustice her friends and family face. Watching her grow, struggle and overcome through the story is the true magic of the book and something that readers of all ages will be able to identify with.”
And if all that is not enough to convince you to read this gem of a book, I read it twice in the past three months. I’m also beyond excited that they’re making a movie from the book because I think this a story that everyone, everyone should read and/or see.