12 THE HATE U GIVE Quotes that Need to Be in the Movie

The Hate U GiveIf you’ve been following us here at Book Riot even a little, you’ll have a fair idea of just how in love we are with Angie Thomas’s YA debut novel, The Hate U Give. The book follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl whose world changes after she witnesses her best friend being shot. The book hit the New York Times Bestseller List, inspired hundreds of young activists, and believe it or not, was banned by some authorities and institutions across the U.S.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up this beautiful, heartbreaking marvel of a book, you have around a month before we are blessed with the movie adaptation, starring Amandla Stenberg, KJ Apa, Issa Rae, and Regina Hall. The book has everything, from profound words about black activism and police brutality to cozy, quippy family banter. I have no doubt the movie will be a gorgeous inspiring tearjerker, and here are some of my favourite The Hate U Give quotes I’d love to see come to life.

  1. Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.
  2. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?
  3. Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.
  4. You can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.
  5. Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.
  6. ‘Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,’ she says. ‘It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.’
  7. I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll never be quiet. I promise.
  8. 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.
  9. My nana likes to say that spring brings love. Spring in Garden Heights doesn’t always bring love, but it promises babies in the winter.
  10. “What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook?”
    “No, and you’re forbidden to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.”
  11. It’s also about Oscar.
    Trayvon.
    Rekia.
    Michael.
    Eric.
    Tamir.
    John.
    Ezell.
    Sandra.
    Freddie.
    Alton.
    Philando.
    It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first—Emmett.

If you’re still not sold on Angie Thomas’s magic:

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What are your favorite The Hate U Give quotes? Oh, and if you’re here because you loved the book as much as we did, we gotcha. Here’s a list of brilliant books if you’re looking for read-alikes!

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The Man with No Name: The Appeal of a Character without an Identity

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Humans are naturally inquisitive. We have had to be in order to survive and to evolve into the intelligent, technologically advanced beings we have become today. Not only do we wonder Why? but we also strive to know What? and Who? Curiosity may have killed the cat but that doesn’t stop us – a stranger in our midst is challenged, an interloper may be driven out. We are comfortable with what we know and understand, and disturbed by what we don’t.

Hence when someone turns up with no name, either in reality or in a work of fiction, we cannot help but be intrigued.

Part of the ongoing fascination with Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns of the 1960s is that the Clint Eastwood-played main character in “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” has no name. Although occasionally referred to in the movies with a variety of single-word nicknames, the poncho-wearing mule-riding cheroot-chewing gun-slinging bounty hunter has become officially accepted as the Man with No Name and has his own entries in both IMDb and Wikipedia. Indeed, the three films together are now universally known as the Man with No Name Trilogy.

So when I decided to include a character with no name in my latest book, Pulse, there was a vast heritage I had to consider, although the circumstances are somewhat different. In my story the nameless man arrives at the hospital emergency department unconscious and, despite the doctors’ best efforts, he subsequently dies. But he has no identification on him and no one claims his body. My protagonist, emergency physician Dr. Chris Rankin, becomes more than professionally interested; obsessed would be a more appropriate word.

The man dies from a cocaine drug overdose but, in a pinstripe suit, white shirt, and polished black brogues, he doesn’t look like a normal drug taker. Who was he? Why did he die? Where did he come from? And, of course, was it accidental, suicide or murder?

I was inspired to write about a nameless dead man by a true story that unfolded during the period I was working on the novel.

In December 2015, a man walked into a pub in the village of Greenfield near Oldham, England, and asked for the way to the “top of the mountain,” the 1500-foot Indian’s Head peak on nearby Saddleworth Moor. He was wearing just a thin shirt, pants, and a lightweight raincoat. On his feet were slip-on shoes, hardly suitable for moorland hiking in a British mid-winter.

His lifeless body was found the following morning, lying near a secluded path in what looked like a sleeping position on his back with his hands crossed over his chest. Toxicology tests later proved that he had died from ingesting a large dose of strychnine, a highly toxic alkaloid more usually employed as a pesticide or rat poison. He had no wallet, no phone nor any form of identification, just a used train ticket and a little money, and, despite a nationwide TV and newspaper appeal by the police, no one came forward to identify him.

Part of the intrigue stemmed from the knowledge that Saddleworth Moor itself has a grisly past. Not only did an airliner crash in 1949 close to where the man was found, killing twenty-four passengers and crew, but the Moor had also been used as the burial site for the child victims of lovers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Britain’s most notorious serial killers.

After a yearlong investigation by police spanning several continents, the Man on the Moor was finally identified as one David Lytton, formerly know as David Lautenberg, and an open verdict was recorded at his inquest in March 2017 – by which time I had finished writing the novel.

And who was my nameless man in Pulse? And why did he die?

Read the book to find out.

New Tolkien Series Could Shatter Budget Records

Having acquired the (extremely expensive) rights to re-adapt The Lord of the Rings, Amazon Studios has doubled down with a production budget of a quarter billion dollars – this means the series is on track to become the most expensive TV series ever made. There is speculation that it will serve as a launchpad for varous spin-offs and prequels, and with “Game of Thrones” finally off the scene, fantasy fans will be drawn to this glittery new object like moths to a flame. Anything that costs that much has got to be worth watching… right?

“Lets call him… Ishmael.”

“What kind of a name is Ishmael? No, we’ll name him something cool… like Herman!”*

Image result for herman melvilleImage result for moby dickHappy birthday, Mr. Melville!

Celebrate the author of one of the most famous, most adapted, most parodied stories of all time, Moby Dick. While not his first or only creations, the monstrous white whale and obsessed captain hunting it have become cultural icons and have greatly surpassed contemporary expectations.

The book was initially a bit of a flop and didn’t sell well until after Herman Melville’s death. So, pick up a copy of the book, or a graphic novel or film adaptation, or at least the Cliffs Notes version today, and show your support and appreciation. I bet the Moline Library could help you find something.

*While I doubt that Herman Melville’s parents had this conversation while looking upon their baby boy for the first time, isn’t it fun to pretend?