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Hello everyone! So, today I’m reviewing The Hate U Give* by Angie Thomas because I finally finally finallyyyyyy read it. I know, it’s been a bit since it came out but I’ve never been able to read it. There’s always been another book I’ve had to read or it’s never been available at the right time in the library but, guys, after what feels like 5 million years, I finally got to read THUG and OMG I GET IT NOW! I get the hype! I get the love! Ohmygosh it is so good!!!!! Before I get into why I love THUG so much, let me tell you the synopsis of it, via Goodreads:
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.
Starr and all the other characters felt so authentic like this wasn’t a book but simply a memoir with actual dialogue and personalities and people. I mean they used slang! I make that more important than it probably seems because slang can date a book. Like it might make it too focused on the now and not able to be as relatable in the future but THUG is for the now and it’s so timely and needed and focused on what’s happening now with Black Lives Matter. But I think it will be able to be applied in the future, either as a possible historical reference or, unfortunately, because it seems the world might never stop being ignorant and hurtful, at least not all at the same time. So I think the realness and timeliness of THUG made it that much better. That it covers such a real issue now and is a now book that can probably be used in the future to relate to other issues surrounding race (and probably religion) made it that much better.
Piggybacking off of that, I think everyone can learn from THUG and relate to it. Personally, I’m usually up to date with Black Lives Matter and with the news, however, I’m not black so I don’t know the half of what happens, and, what they show on the news is, of course, such a small fragment of what’s happening and THUG highlights pretty much everything that happens “behind the scenes” of what you see in the news. It shows the personal side of all the pictures and tweets on Twitter; it’s heartbreaking and thoughtful and it provides such an interesting commentary on the social and community issues happening each and every day. Honestly, I nearly cried and put down the book several times because it was too real but I’m happy I didn’t because The Hate U Give is a phenomenal book; it is really really one of the best books I’ve ever read!
So, overall, I highly recommend reading The Hate U Give* if you haven’t already! It’s such a necessary read, especially with what’s been happening with black people getting shot and with Black Lives Matter being so important. Anyways, because I do seem to be quite a few months late to reading THUG, have you guys read The Hate U Give?? If so, what did you think of it?? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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