If you missed it, The Hate U Give hit theatres this weekend, so to celebrate, our next 50 Book Pledge Featured Read is The Hate U Give Movie Tie-in Edition! The highly anticipated adaptation of Angie Thomas’ bestselling novel is a powerful, searing look at our current political climate as told through the eyes of Starr Carter, a young girl who learns to stand up and speak out after witnessing the death of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. If you haven’t read or watched The Hate U Give yet, get ready, because it will give you ALL the feels!
We all know that it’s the death of a close friend that sets Starr on her path to stand up and speak out. The movie does an excellent job of staying true to Starr and Khalid’s story while also giving us a true *MovIE MoMENt* (you’ll have to watch to see it!). The raw emotion from Amandla Stenberg, who plays Starr Carter, is truly special and brings tears to your eyes (again and again and again).
If you are anything like me then you always try to read the book before you see the movie. In this case it truly felt like I was watching the pages come to life as (through my tears) I rallied behind Starr as she found her voice. In a book that is so emotionally charged the feelings are amplified when you watch it all come to life on the big screen.
One of the things that made the book so special was the ways in which it balanced such a serious issue in the lives of teenagers, and the film adaptation is no different. Both versions are unapologetically real and hard hitting, and both make you think while providing a spark against the complacency and acceptance that we are all susceptible too.
The. Ending. (and that is all I am going to say about that).
I totally understand the apprehension that comes with a beloved book coming to the movie screen (I’m looking to you Eragon, The Golden Compass and Green Lantern), but believe me when I say that this movie does an extremely good job of staying true to the book while also carving out its own space as part of the larger story. Go 👏see👏 it 👏
What is your favourite book to movie adaption? Can a film ever be as good as the book? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Here are to the books that come to life.