Angie Thomas’ debut novel, ‘The Hate U Give’ changed the face of YA contemporary when it was released earlier this year. This book is packed with diverse characters, powerful emotions and important messages. It gives POC a voice and isn’t afraid to traverse a variety of controversial and yet serious topics. Its dexterity when dealing with political issues and its unabashed approach to current affairs is what made this such a powerful and rousing story. We’ve listed our favourite spoiler-free quotes that highlight the importance and prowess of this book below.
“We want freedom. We want the power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities.”
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
“Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.”
“People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe”
“You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.”
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
“This is exactly what They expect you to do,” Momma says.
They with a capital T.
There’s Them and then there’s Us.
Sometimes They look like Us and don’t recognize They are Us.”