Book Beginnings: The Hate U Give

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share the first few lines of a book you have just started or are about to start and your initial thoughts on it.

I shouldn’t have come to this party.

I’m not even sure I belong at this party. That’s not on some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it’s not enough to be me. Either version of me. Big D’s spring break party is one of those places.

I squeeze through sweaty bodies and follow Kenya, her curls bouncing past her shoulders. A haze lingers over the room, smelling like weed, and music rattles the floor..

I’ll be honest. While I like the start, and it does a good job of setting up the narrators voice. It’s everything that I’ve heard about the book prior to starting it that makes me want to read this one. It’s been getting universal praise, for it’s story-telling and the importance of it’s subject matter and I can’t wait to read more.

About The Hate U Give

THUGSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give on Goodreads.


3 thoughts on “Book Beginnings: The Hate U Give

  • March 10 at 5:08 pm

    Talk about “ripped from the headlines.” I’d love to hear more about how this book came about, given how long it typically takes to write and publish a book.

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