Book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Genre: Contemporary, Young adult fiction
I have to admit that this is one of those books that only took my attention because of the hype. I remember when this book came out and almost all the bookworms I follow, both on Instagram and Twitter, where raving about this. But back then, instead of reading it, I just added it to my growing ebooks pile and ignored it. Now, after almost a year, I finally read it. Before I continue, here is what the book is about:
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 trying 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. (Goodreads)
I finally understand the hype. The characters are developed well and each has a way to contribute to the story. What I enjoy most about this is the Carter family and their interactions throughout the book. I laugh at the funny conversations, listened well to the stories and advice and worried about the welfare of each member of the family. And I hated Hailey. I hated her because I personally know some people in my life that act like her.
As for the story. The book tackles a deep issue that is timely. The actual story flows naturally. This made me feel like I am watching a movie instead of reading it. There are some slow parts but I enjoyed the conversations enough to not notice it much. I also like the ending, I know it is not a happy ending but for me it is perfect, it made the story feel real.
Now, do I recommend it? Yes, because Starr likes LeBron too. Jokes aside, I personally will recommend this to people I know especially the ones that can relate to the whole rapper humor(is that a thing?)
What about you? Have you read this book? What do you think?
I am planning to watch the movie version with Ronald. I’ll let you know how that turned out.
That is it for now! This is the first book review for 2019 and I am glad that I like the book! Hopefully, this will continue throughout the year.
Thank you so much for reading, and as always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog post!