When ‘The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas was released in 2017, it created an uproar among readers of all classes and communities. Ringing an alarm about America’s Police Department for the unfair shootings of black citizens, this book takes you through the life of Starr. This powerful story resonated with readers on an emotional level. The trailer for its movie adaption released at BET Awards and power-packed punch in the face of racism and bigotry. The Hate You give went on to become a bestseller within months of hitting the shelves.
Starred (played by Amandla Steinberg) is your average next door ebony girl from the ghetto neighborhood who goes to the ‘white people school’. Aware of how her attitude changes in school among her white friends, Starr leads a dual life. Her identity is torn between the love for her people and the desire to belong to Williamson High. Starr even has a white boyfriend Chris (played by KJ Apa) but it is ‘Starr version 2’ that he has seen. Starr is herself among her people and her friend Khalil. Kian Lawley was a part of the movie until his past actions came into light. Other important characters are played by Anthony Mackey who plays King(without his Falcon wings this time) and the Hip Hop artist Common as Uncle Carlos.
The mediocre yet complicated life of Starr comes under the radar when her friend Khalil is shot by a white policeman merely because he’s black. Following the plea of Starr’s life and unjust treatment meted out to the people of her community, this book tells you everything that’s wrong with differentiating on the basis of skin color. Movements like Black Lives Matter and Campaign zero started in an attempt to do the same.
The movie has a strong message to share. Releasing 19th October 2018, this one needs to be on your radar. If that sounds like a long wait, read Angie Thomas’ book here. If you’ve done that already (high-five!), here’s some BTS for you-
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