REVIEW: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

REVIEW: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hi lovelies!

Today’s review is on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have wanted to read this for so long and it was so worth the wait!

 

Good Reads Synopsis:

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

 

My Thoughts:

With every book that has such a huge following and buzz around it, there is always that doubt and worry that you won’t enjoy it. I think honest reviews are important, but I don’t like telling people I didn’t enjoy a book, especially one that so many people love.

Luckily for me, this book lives up to the hype. I would even go as far to say it surpasses the hype and I really don’t feel like I have the words to do this book justice. The Hate U Give is hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year and potentially one of the best books I’ve read ever.

Watching Starr trying to figure out what she was going through, what she felt and how she would react to the situation was so powerful. The characters and the storyline were so well crafted and developed that the book became one of those unique fiction novels that is so real that it could be a non-fiction autobiography.

Whilst I was reading THUG, I was scrolling down my Facebook one evening and came across a news video of a police shooting of an unarmed black man in America. In the video, the family were making an emotional plea for justice and everyone stood around in T-shirts with the young man’s face and name on it. I had just read the part in THUG where Khalil’s friends and family show up to his funeral in t-shirts just like the ones on the video and just like that and it hit me how this fictional story is actually so many people’s reality.

I think that’s where this book stands out for me. It is a difficult read at times because of how close to reality it is. Fiction for many people is a way to make sense of the world and emotions both in writing and reading. It allows you to explore different scenarios and even create a world that you’d like to see but Thomas doesn’t give her readers this. There is no happy ending or justice for Khalil because that is unrealistic. On any given day you could scroll down your twitter feed and see some kind of news story or post about police brutality against black people in America. There is the same uproar every time and there are hundreds of tweets and posts calling for justice, but it just never comes. Those responsible are never held accountable and the cycle continues. I think it was so necessary and brave for Thomas to stick to reality with her ending. Obviously as a reader I wanted a different verdict and I wanted to believe that justice can be found, even if it is in a fictional world but I recognise the importance of the verdict and the lack of that resolution.

I also want to include some of my favourite quotes which I don’t normally do in my reviews but I’m making an exception for THUG! These are just a few quotes that stuck with me:

 

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

 

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

 

“Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

 

THUG is one of those reads that will stay with me forever. I’m so glad I finally picked this up and I can’t wait for the film to be released!

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read THUG? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!

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My July Mini Book Haul

My July Mini Book Haul

Another first for me on my blogging journey and this time it’s my first mini book haul post!

let me set the scene for you all. It was a lovely day outside and I was having a tough week, so I thought I would go for a walk during my lunch break on Wednesday and pop into Waterstones to pick up a new book. One hour and £30 later, I was rushing back to my office with 4 new books and an even a longer TBR.

(Side note, how do people go into bookshops and only buy one book? Is that even a possible? If so, please share your secret with me!)

I am honestly so excited to read each of these novels and they were all inspired purchases based on reviews I’d read on here so thanks, everyone!

I really hope they all give up to the hype!

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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‘Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.’

I know. I know. How have I not read this yet? This was the ‘one’ book I was heading in to buy so this is right at the top of my TBR. I have read so many amazing review posts that have inspired me to buy this book (check out the most recent one I read on The Food and Book Life’s page!)

 

 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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‘Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.’

I can’t remember where I first saw this book reviewed or who’s page it was on but it sounded interesting and I love the cover so I couldn’t resist.

 

 

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

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‘Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer – a handsome, dashing brother and sister – Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams.

But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions… And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?’

This purchase was inspired by The Book Moo’s recent post on this insanely beautiful book. LOOK AT THAT COVER!  

 

Floored by Eleanor Wood, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson, Melinda Salisbury, Non Pratt, Sara Barnard, and Tanya Byrne

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‘When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.’

I first heard about this novel on Twitter during a Q&A with the authors of this novel and then I just happened to stumble across it in Waterstones one my way to the till. I love books from different characters perspectives and this one has 7 different perspectives all written by different authors! It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!  

 

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!