As I’ve expressed in the past, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of my favorite novels. The power and truth this story possesses is unlike any other I’ve previously delved into. For those who may be in the dark as to the content of this novel, allow me to enlighten you.
Starr Carter is a black teenager whose life is split between the low income neighborhood she’s grown up in and the private, majority white school she attends on the other side of town. After witnessing a police officer shoot and kill her innocent friend, she has a choice to use her voice to demand change or stay silent. Her two worlds collide in her fight for justice as she is thrown into the spotlight of this tragedy. Despite unequal circumstances she runs into along the way, she must find her voice to stand up for what is right.
While I’d advise you to read the book before watching the movie because of scenes and characters that aren’t in the film, I don’t feel like this is a story that needs to be heard one way before the other. Many readers get upset when others watch a movie before reading its novel because usually the book is better, but I don’t think that’s the case with this story. The film and novel adaptations are equally good in my eyes as both do the issue of equality and police brutality so much justice. No matter what though, you should still experience both forms of the story. Reading words on a page allows for such a personal connection to a story as the reader can be more aware of the character’s thoughts and dynamics. Watching the story unfold before you in a film makes it all the more real, being able to see it with your own eyes.
Do yourself a favor and go check out this film in theaters. I’m hoping to go see it again here soon so I can better grasp the heck of a good punch it packs in just two hours. This story needs to be heard and digested. Give this movie the recognition it deserves and tell your friends about it! Take my word for it, you won’t regret it. ∗∗∗∗∗ FIVE STARS
SPOILERS (kind of) FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THE BOOK:
While Starr’s nana and Devante especially play quite important roles in the book, they were cut from the movie for times sake. However, I didn’t find this loss as upsetting as the movie made up for their absence. It would’ve helped had they been cast, but the story still communicated the same message in the same way with no drawbacks.
ALSO: Be on the lookout for Angie Thomas’ second novel, On The Come Up, following different characters but still taking place in Garden Heights. This title is set to be released on February 5, 2019.
Link to On The Come Up: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068618-on-the-come-up