BOOK: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: eARC / Balzer + Bray (Imprint of Harper Collins)
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.
*I would like to thank JM @ Book Freak Revelations and Harper Collins International for providing an eARC of this book for the tour.
This doesn’t affect nor influence my review.*
Thank you so much JM for inviting me to be a part of this tour! I owe you a lot. ❤
PERFECTION. This is what you call REALISTIC YA FICTION.
First of all, this was the first time I’ve read an eARC since 2015 or something. I barely read ebooks because of my poor eyesight (I get headaches, sometimes!) and physical copies are easier to read, right? Anyway, I don’t regret reading this as an eARC, but now that it’s already out in the wild, everyone needs to get a physical copy of this gem. I, myself, will definitely get a copy of this soon because it’s really phenomenal. WHYYY? Keep on reading.
I’ve never read something that discusses about how REAL racism happens and how things work right now in the government. We need to trust the authorities, BUT sometimes, they’re the reason why they can’t be trusted anymore. Some people judge other people by the way they look, their color, their gender, etc. Angie Thomas wrote a striking yet a very touching story which is suitable for everyone. This book isn’t just for the YA folks. Everyone needs to be aware of this.
Plus point because this is the first (or the second?) book that I’ve read narrated by a black MC. The MC’s name is Starr (SHE’S REALLY A STAR!). Surprised? Yup. There are only a few number of books which are narrated by black MCs. Another thing that I really loved about THUG is the family relationship. I’m just so glad that the characters respect their parents and relatives. I really had no problem with that. I loved how close they were. FAMILY > ROMANCE,as always.
These are all serious topics, but Angie made sure that the humor was still there. There was this conversation where Starr’s dad told Starr about that “really expensive” laptop then Starr said, “it’s an Apple Macbook”, then his dad replied something like, “Not like the price of an apple.”. See? This was actually an all-in-one book. I REALLY enjoyed reading this one. I’m pretty sure Angie can write more moving stories like this one. I don’t know if this is too early to say, but this deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Angie Thomas, thank YOU for writing THUG. You moved me. You moved everyone who has read this. Your words are so powerful and sincere. This is probably one of the most HEARTFELT books ever. Please, please, PLEASE write more books like this.
Your new fan,