Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give Audiobooktext
You have surely heard about it many times, it is the release of April that I think made the most buzz.
Usually the over-publicized books I wait a bit before reading them, but here; immediately bought immediately read.
My dear reader, if you were not yet convinced, this Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give Audiobook you must read it!
It’s a strong work, a fiction that could downright be a real fact, a book that is almost a sociological study of the Black Lives Matter movement, it literally translates as: the lives of blacks matter, I put the Wikipedia link here .
Impactful, incisive, he paints a very realistic portrait of what African Americans are going through today.
This book denounces all prejudices, from the most common as a joke to the harshest.
You’re going to follow 16-year-old Starr.
Her parents wanted their children to have a good education, to be able to get out of the city or the ghetto, so she went to a high school deprived of “whites”.
She doesn’t feel out of place anywhere, neither at home nor at school.
She uses her language with her friends from high school and another in the neighborhood.
One day, one of her friends begs her to accompany her for once to a party, it takes place at Big D, not far from where they live.
Reluctantly, Starr goes there, but the evening quickly turns into disaster when rival gangs exchange gunfire.
Khalil, his best friend, takes Starr away from danger.
On the way home, he gets checked by a police vehicle for a broken headlight … his last words will be for Starr, he worries about whether she is okay.
Khalil is dead, murdered 3 times in the back by a policeman.
Starr is the only witness.
Justice Must Be Done, it’s this plot that runs throughout the novel, but where Angie Thomas hits it hard (and I understand why this novel was a National Book Award finalist and won many other awards) is that ‘with this intrigue, this injustice, it will depict the daily life of African Americans in the United States, it will show you that on the side of the police as, on the side of African Americans there are good men like the opposite.
Unfortunately, those who are still stigmatized today in 2018 are African Americans.
Guilty of what?
Just having a different skin color?
to live in a disadvantaged city? Because you have less means, that you are part of an ethnic minority that automatically makes you a thug?
It’s vomiting, it’s sickening, it’s revolting, and yet you see, it’s reality.
Angie Thomas says these very right words in her thanks, words that have been right in my heart as all the protagonists of this book,
“your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete ”
The rose of this book, of this little gem is Starr, it is this young girl, this star which shines in the midst of darkness.
Starr is an unforgettable character with a fine psychology, a young girl who will see her life change radically and who will realize certain things.
A journey that she is accomplishing.
Another character that has touched me many times is his dad, Maverick.
Through it, the author will show you that you can change the course of your life, that mistakes you can make, the important thing is to change direction in time.
A father and a mother who want the best for their children ‘like all parents you will tell me, but they, even more, they are determined to put their children out of harm’s way.
Everyday life is sirens, gunshots, not daring to let the children play outside in the street.
A character in its own right is this neighborhood. Angie Thomas shows you cohesion. Solidarity between them. A dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless.
I could describe to you each speaker of the story, because all, without exception, are powerful, each of them will bring you a reflection, make you ask yourself for two seconds and think about what you see on the television news, the news, facts that should no longer exist, prejudices that should no longer be heard, it’s almost trivialized (I’m talking about the way journalists talk when something like this takes place) as if it had become normal, but no, what is normal in being murdered for nothing? Murder at all?
Angie Thomas signs a committed, engaging text, while not falling into the trap of stigmatizing a skin color. Instead of the raised fist or waving signs, it’s her pen that she uses to peacefully claim.
It highlights all the complexity of the American system, it shows you the fear of parents for their children constantly whispering to them that when they see a police officer, above all to always remain polite, mentalities change, but so slowly.
This is why such novels are necessary, this is why you should read THUG and talk about it around you.
The author confronts you with all the prejudices that may exist, with all the difficulty that Starr will experience in this role of witness, beyond her own pain which she has difficulty in overcoming.
This novel made me angry, terribly, it will make you angry too, how to remain insensitive to such a strong text, a punchy novel.
A subject that is rare to discover, delivered as such.
As I told you she knew how to avoid all the pitfalls, she does not build you a novel where everything is perfect, not even in Starr’s family, she shows you people as they are with their dark side, their expectations, their often shattered hopes. It also addresses many themes such as mourning, friendship, life after prison, violence from outside, but also between the four walls, gangs, poverty, family, etc.
I loved the many nods to Harry Potter and the Prince of Bel Air which is a series of my generation, a series I watched as a teenager.
You have painful passages, strong emotional passages, bright moments and also a lot of humor.
Everything is very fair, perfectly balanced and in its place. The 488 pages of the novel are necessary, it is neither too long nor too short you have time to understand all the complexity of African-American families who also have prejudices, you have time to perfectly visualize the places, the scenes and understand the characters with very well developed psychology. You will inevitably have to question yourself by following Starr and his family, as I often tell you, it is important that such books exist, in order to never forget, to advance mentalities.
She approaches this justice at two levels according to your skin color, institutional racism, police blunders often, for the most part, classified as manslaughter and goes unpunished.
It is also denouncing the ease of obtaining a weapon in the USA, very strong social inequalities, the gap between the “rich” and the poor, medicine has two speeds, it is the whole of American society as a whole that ‘she portrays you.
You will slip into the shoes of African Americans and see what they think of white people. How they perceive us. And how do you perceive them, tell me, do you realize their daily life and the difficulties they have to face? This applies to all minorities. Put yourself down and think about it;)
It’s not a crush, I missed that little spark that makes that, but a novel that I absolutely recommend to you, whether you are young or not.
The last page of the novel made my arms stand on end. I think this is the strongest page in the book. The words hit you right in the heart and slap you in the face.