These are some of my thoughts on the first part of “The Hate U Give.” You can see all of my comments on this part of the novel on NowComment.
Paragraph 182 of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas might leave a reader feeling upset because the character Khalil was just shot and killed for no good reason. Here’s the description: “One. Khalil’s body jerks. Blood splatters from his back. He holds on to the door to keep himself upright.” This is upsetting because he was just shot and killed in cold blood
So far, the injustice and discrimination in “The Hate U Give” might remind a reader of a story in the news. This man named Walter Wallace who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder was walking towards police with a knife. Instead of the officers diffusing the situation and trying to help Mr. Wallace, they immediately pointed their guns at him and started firing when he failed to put the knife down after being told to do so. A man in a mental crisis cannot just easily obey orders. Instead of trying to help him they shot and killed him.
After this part of the book, most readers probably will not be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because it already started off with an unjustified murder. What’s probably going to happen next is they’ll probably begin to protest and riot in the name of justice in order for the officer who committed the act to be sentenced to jail.