I just finished reading T.H.U.G (The Hate You Give). I loved this book! The Hate You Give ignited a hailstorm of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I was furious, and I felt proud.

Starr is the main character has two selves: her “true self” and her “prep school” self. Starr struggles to balance the two, she enjoys her friends at school but knows she has to walk and talk a certain way, back home in the “hood” everyone treats her differently because they say she acts like she’s “too good.”  All that comes to a halt when Starr is involved in a horrible tragedy that leaves her friend from childhood Khalil dead by an officer-involved shooting.

I highly recommend this book to students, especially students of color. Because this story addresses the racism and prejudice that appears in everyday life. Now, more than ever, it’s essential for the younger generations to understand these social issues to break these prejudices and give new light to the world. As Thomas said, “Your voice is your biggest weapon,” and Star sets a great example of this statement through her work that will no doubt change the way people think.

My boys are currently reading it, and I wish I could have my students read it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been approved by the district yet.

Some additional info about The Hate U Give; it was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and also by Tupac, his THUG LIFE tattoo, and his activism. Author Angie Thomas mentions to Tupac not only in her writing but also in her conversation surround The Hate U Give.

Tupac said Thug Life stood for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E. Meaning what society gives us as a youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out.  Check out The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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