Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
If I could describe this book in two words, it would be: Raw and Powerful.
Knowing that there were countless rave reviews for The Hate U Give (THUG), I just knew I needed to know what the hype was about. Honestly, I was worried that my high hopes for this book would ruin the experience and that I’d end up disappointing myself… but well, it didn’t.
In this book, we have Starr Carter, who is just living her teen life experiences a traumatizing event that most people fear–witnessing the death of her bestfriend. What’s worse it was done by a man who was supposed to be the one protecting them–a police officer. Which completely changes everything in her life bit by bit.
Everything about Starr was done so well; the character development, the humor in her, her imperfections, the way she treats her friends, boyfriend, and family. Here, Starr started to be somehow weak, silent. But that’s because she’s scared. At that point, I can’t help but think about people who are just as afraid as her in real life. No one deserves to go through the things she did… and this book was based on real events and was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
When The Hate U Give started, I was immediately captivated by the book with the way it was written. Angie Thomas’ writing style was clear, vivid, as if you were there itself with the MCs in the scenarios. What I also appreciated in this book was how much I empathized to the characters. It was as if I could feel their pain first hand. At some point, I just wanted to spare myself and read this book slowly, to save myself from pain.
Angie Thomas’ writing style in THUG was light, and there was so much wit in it, it didn’t give a heavy feeling of the dark contemporary despite the heavy issues tackled within the book. It truly delivers the right message. Her writing ignites you to use your voice, your platform, and to stand your ground. I appreciated how this book is written in a way as if it’s talking to the reader, reaching out to us.
I don’t want to go in through too much detail-in fear of spoiling-but one of the things that stood out to me here is that a person can be racist without even knowing. With that, we should be more aware and careful of the things we say. If we get called out for the terrible things we’ve said, we should listen and learn.
If you want to read a book that will educate you, make you cry and laugh, pick this book up.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank JM from Book Freak Revelations for inviting to be in this blog tour. This does not in any way affect my thoughts about this book.
About Angie Thomas:
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books.
Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star
Huge thank you to JM from Book Freak Revelations for including me in this blog tour. Check out the other stops for #THUGBlogTourPH here below: