18/03/2017

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: February 28th 2017
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher ARC 

Buy It Here: The Hate U Give *
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, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
 
This book has been one of the most anticipated books of the year by pretty much everyone in the book community, and for a very very good reason. I've only just finished this book earlier today so my thoughts are fresh in my mind, I just hope I can articulate them well. I want to start off by saying I loved this book and could only find small faults with it. I thought it was written beautifully, I thought it was heartbreaking at times, and I thought it was incredibly eye opening to the current situation in the US.

Firstly, I loved our MC - Starr Carter. I thought she was such a strong character, she had a lot to deal with and honestly handled it much better than I ever could have. I loved the relationships she had with her family and it's honestly so refreshing to see family being one of the main focuses in a book rather than a weak insta-love storyline taking over.

I want to give my negative thoughts early on in this review so I can get them out of the way and focus on what I loved - I'd hate to end a review on a negative!

The main negative that I noticed throughout this book, and honestly it's not really a negative of the storyline - but I was hoping to read about the more common people in society, rather than two very extreme viewpoints, i.e. the poor town ruled by gangs and the super rich stuck up. They were two extremes which I know of course, do exist - but they're the extremes. I don't know where I'm going with this, it's just something I noticed and found it harder to identify with. 

Secondly, I wish we could have seen a lot more from Khalil himself. I think the story could have been so much more heart-wrenching and powerful if we had a few chapters (at the very least) from his perspective. It would have allowed us to connect with him on a more personal and emotional level that could have potentially made this book a lot stronger.

The Hate U Give is an incredibly powerful book, and rightly so raises some much needed awareness about the current issues in the US regarding police brutality and the unlawful killing of POC's in the country. I am so so happy that this book has gained so much attention, before - during and after its release. I would love to read more books that highlight these issues and can help educate people (like me - who wouldn't ever experience anything like it) to understand the struggle that is dealt with on a daily basis that white people take for granted. It was such an eye-opening book and I hope there are many more like it; I'm a strong believer that books can create change and I hope this is one of the times where it does.

Overall, I loved this book. I rated it 4* on Goodreads! 

8 comments:

  1. Great review! This was one of my most-anticipated books of the year, too. I haven’t read it yet. I’m glad you liked it, even if it had some problems.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thank you! I'd definitely recommend it! :)

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  2. I have been hearing so many people gush about this novel, that I am not surprised that you loved it! It would be great if the novel could cover the opinions and voices of common people as well, but I guess it is hard to cover all bases with a novel such as this one. I am definitely going to be getting it in the future and can't wait to read it myself!

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    1. Yeah it's definitely difficult to cover everything in one book, there's only one route that can be taken! It was still a great read, I'd definitely recommend it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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  3. I definitely need to read this book! It has been on my TBR since it was announced! I love that it deals with something so important and which is prevalent in real life. Hope I get to read it soon. Great review!

    New GFC follower,
    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. It really is great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I'd love to hear what you think of it :)

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  4. Hello! I've just talked to you on twitter and thought I would have look on your blog! It looks really great :) so I'm going to sign for your newsletter if you do have one !

    I really want to read this book! It looks really amazing and touching !
    Mahogany xx

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    1. Thank you! I don't have a newsletter at the moment, but I'll definitely keep you updated of new posts on Twitter!

      I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I did!

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