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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hello Readers & Friends,

Oh. My. GOD. I gave this book 5 stars on GoodReads but it's just not enough. I haven't felt like this about a contemporary book since A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It's worth every ounce of hype it gets.

To summarise, it tackles themes of police brutality in America through the eyes of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who witnesses her friend being shot by a white policeman. What follows is how Starr copes with being the only witness and how she finds the bravery to find her voice. Subplots are equisite, following her ex-gangbanger father and his growing rift with drug-lord King, how she copes with her private-school white boyfriend, racism at school, friends falling out and watching her neighborhood slowly rip apart around her.

I cannot think of a single person who I woiuld not recommend this book to. It's honestly a modern masterpiece, from the authentic dialogue and the world it builds. Every character is dripping with personality and story. It's the most heart-warming and touching book to ever hit my bookshelf. It's funny, clever, witty and so, so important.

Also, you rarely read books nowadays where family plays such an important role. Starr's family is beautiful, dysfunctional, loving, caring, and relatable. We can all see a little bit of her mama in our own, or a bit of her brother Seven in someone else in our family. There is such a strong family dynamic, at times I felt like I was part of the family, I felt as though I knew them so well. They teach wonderful family values, which is also something rarely in YA. Her father is an ex-con, and is painted in such a wonderful, moral light. I think it's so important that under-represented characters like this are used in a protagonist format.

Starr is such an authentic and inspirational heroine. I hope that young black girls read this and know that they are being represented and spoken for in the best possible way.

This book tackles important social and political issues which must not be ignored. It tells a story of the importance of standing up for yourself and uniting against what's wrong. I cannot find a single flaw in this book and avise that everybody pulls it to the top of their TBR list ASAP.

I can't WAIT to watch the movie.

C x


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