The Hate U Give Book Review

Hey guys so I wanted to share a book with you all that I read recently called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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To say I loved this book is an understatement! This book is a YA contemporary book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is a brutally honest, heartbreaking book but is something that is so needed in today’s society. It was inspiring, insightful and empowering for all those who read it.

We all know what is happening in America regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and this explains everything so well. It follows a 16 year old girl called Starr who witnesses a police officer shoot her friend Khalil. From that we see from her point of view the way people react, how it’s portrayed in the media and what she and her family go through in the aftermath of this event.

The characters are so relatable and well fleshed out that you can’t help but feel for them and being muslim I can totally relate to so much of this book. There are assumptions and prejudices made about me because I wear I cover my hair. People think I’m uneducated, just there to serve my oppressive husband or even that I am a terrorist. But I’m none of those things but there are people who never see who I am because they never look past the scarf on my head. And like Starr I feel I can’t truly be me in front of certain people.

This book discusses police brutality, it discusses the oppression and prejudice that black people face and so much more. It is an eye opening read and I recommend everyone to read this book.

*This part is a bit spoilery*

One part of the book which really stood out for me was a conversation between Starr and her dad about why her friend was shot. Another part which was so well written was how people dehumanised her friend because he was suspected of being a drug dealer so in many people’s eyes it was justified. There are so many important scenes in this book, another part is how Starr is conflicted between how much she fears the police and the fact that her uncle is a police officer.

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I also had the pleasure of meeting the author Angie Thomas at a book signing and she is honestly such a lovely person. This book is something so close to her heart as she grew up in a similar environment to the main character of the book and she wants more people to widen their perspectives. This was her way of fighting the oppression.

The only part of the book I didn’t like was the swearing, it’s a personal preference that is something I dislike in all books.

If you have read this book do let me know what you think!

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

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International Women’s Day

It’s international women’s day! A day in which we celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. So many inspiring women throughout history and all over the world.

But on this day we should also take a moment to remember all those women who may none be as lucky, who are oppressed and abused and treated unfairly. And we, as the lucky ones, should not just be inspired by others achievements but also take a stand and take action to help our sisters. Whether it’s raising awareness, volunteering with a charity that helps women or speaking to someone you know that may be in a bad situation. We should stand together in solidarity with our sisters.

We should also realise that every single woman is different and whether she is the head of a company, a doctor, a teacher, a housewife, a mother, a wife, a daughter. Each and every role is as important as the other. We should not look down on one another, we should encourage and help each other.

Looking at women throughout history we see that they all achieved great things but their roles in life were very different from each other. Marie Curie was a gifted scientist who made huge contributions to helping fight cancer. Fatima al-Fihri built the worlds first university in Morocco. J.K. Rowling who taught us to persever despite your circumstances. The mother of Imam Bukhari who taught us the importance of being a mother and how much we can impact our children’s lives. Amelia Earhart showed us that we can achieve great things and we should always aim high. Khadijah taught us that we can be successful in both work and at home, that we don’t have to choose between being a wife and mother or having a career. Rosa Parks taught us that we should not stand for injustice and discrimination and that one woman can make all the difference.

There are so many more women so many more amazing achievements and we should all take inspiration and try to be the best we can be not just in our career but as people too. We should strive to have the best character and the best manners. We should encourage and motivate each other not critise and bring each other down. We should be part of our community and support each other. We should work together to make the world a better place.