Reviews by Tag: police brutality

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
4
Rated by
VP
Aug 3, 2022

When Starr Carter’s childhood friend is brutally shot by a police officer – which was racially
provoked – her entire world turns upside down. This wasn’t the first time either. Starr slowly
starts to realize the injustice that has been engraved in the black community for years and
decades. The affluent school she and her brothers attend is far from Garden Heights (the perilous,
crime-driven neighborhood she lives in), and there, everybody is white; in fact, Starr describes

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
4
Rated by
Aubrie C.
Mar 22, 2022

The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas, is a fiction novel about a sixteen-year-old Starr and how she becomes the only witness to the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil by the hands of the police. Throughout the story, Starr is looking for ways she can bring justice to Khalil but she does not want the public to know that she was the witness. Starr talks to the police, district attorney, and grand jury anonymously hoping that will be enough to bring justice to Khalil.

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
4
Rated by
Grace Textor
Mar 8, 2022

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Fiction) is a story the world knows all too well. Starr is an African-American teenage girl from Garden Heights, what most would call the hood, yet she goes to Williamson High School, an expensive private school with not a lot of minorities. Starr and her brothers were put in Williamson because when Starr was a child she saw her friend die in a drive by, which made her parents question whether Garden Heights was safe for their children.

Teen Review
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
4
Rated by
John M.
Dec 13, 2021

All American Boys is told from the perspectives of Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins. The story revolves around Rashad getting beaten by police after being suspected of robbery. Both characters struggle with the aftermath of being the victim and witnessing police brutality. Normally I don't opt to read books with more than one perspective, but I genuinely enjoyed reading the stories of Rashad and Quinn. The authors do a great job distinguishing which character the story is being told from.

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
5
Rated by
Danielle H.
Oct 21, 2021

This book is about an African American girl named Starr Carter who lives in two different worlds with her school being predominantly white and located in a suburb and where she lives which is understood to be the ghetto. When she tries and figures out her different worlds, there is suddenly a traumatic event where her childhood best friend is fatally shot by a police officer. In order to take revenge and bring justice for her friend, she starts to protest and advocate for justice about police brutality against African Americans.

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
5
Rated by
Ella L.
Oct 21, 2021

The Hate U Give is a breathtaking piece of work that follows the story of a sixteen-year-old teenager named Starr Carter. Starr suddenly witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend, Khalil Harris, as he was shot three consecutive times by a cop...for holding a hairbrush. Khalil’s death makes national headlines and sparks outrage across the country. What will Starr do as she debates whether or not to let her voice be heard?

Teen Review
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
5
Rated by
Hannah K.
Jul 26, 2021

Bang! Bang! POW! Normal 16-year-old Starr Carter’s world is turned upside down after witnessing the traumatic shooting of her best friend, Khalil Harris. The incident quickly becomes the talk of the town and it is later revealed to the public that Starr was the witness of the shooting. Will Starr be able to speak out and uncover the truth behind Khalil’s death? Will Khalil be served justice?

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