5/22/17

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - REVIEW




Whenever I write a book review for a book that I enjoyed reading, I often say that it's a book I feel others need to read. Whether if it's because they might learn something, or because the story is told so well - I find I'm often writing something urging others to read a particular book. It might seem redundant, but I assure you, it's always genuine. I love reading, and the books I review on here, are often the ones that I feel a stronger need to share with others. It's harder to write a review for a book I maybe didn't like as much. I don't want to offend! So while I might come off as a broken record, I assure you - it's authentic.

With that being said, everyone needs to stop what they're doing, and order this book. Better yet, go to your closest book store (I hope that there is one), and buy it. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is astounding. I knew early on that it was going to be the kind of book I would want to review - and shout about from the rooftops.

The Hate U Give shares the story of a girl named Starr who grows up in a black urban neighborhood rife with poverty and violence. She attends a fancy private school in another area of town, which contrasts with her life in Garden Heights sharply, leaving her feeling strained by the mores of these different worlds. When she is the witness of her friend being murdered in Garden Heights, all things change. The story chronicles what comes after this both for Starr, as well as for her family, friends and neighbors.

Angie Thomas wrote a novel that needs to be read. It offers up diverse characters, which are so sorely needed in YA novels - and in general. It discusses issues of racism and prejudice and the police brutality and criminal justice issues that are inherently intertwined with these issues. Thomas tackles these current events in a way that made it nearly impossible for me to put down. While the book is fiction, it reads like it isn't. Perhaps that is because the story it presents could easily have happened yesterday - or it could happen tomorrow. It addresses subjects that are relevant because they are current conflicts within our society, and it presents this topic to a younger audience - giving them a story that goes beyond adolescent romance and cohort drama (not that there isn't a place for this either sometimes).

It doesn't matter your age - The Hate U Give is one of those books that everyone really should read. It gives the reader a lot to think about and does so in a way that draws you in - to the setting and the characters. I found that it moves quickly as you read and despite being quite lengthy, it doesn't take long to finish.

No matter your preferred genres, this is certainly a book I encourage you to read. I found myself reading slower in the beginning of the book, but I often do that as I get used to the characters and the story being presented. It was well worth the lag time though. I gave The Hate U Give a full five stars on Goodreads - where you can follow along with all my reading as I don't always write full reviews here.

I'm also always looking for more diverse books to read, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!

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