You’ve all heard this name flitting around in the book community, and if you haven’t then you seriously need to stop living under a rock!
I’ve been meaning to read The Hate U Give(THUG) ever since it came out because wow it has such a lot of hype and has like 4 award stickers plastered on it’s cover(sigh) not to mention it has been turned into a movie which come out this October 19!
So when THUG was voted for the BOTM for our Banned Book Club I was elated that I have a reason to tug it out from under my growing TBR!
(By ‘tug’ I mean pull at the book with all my might while the rest of the books on my TBR screeched in protest)
AND WOW IT SURPASSED MY SKY HIGH EXPECTATIONS LIKE HOW?? IS?? THAT?? POSSIBLE??
So now you get to see me
flail scream review this book!
REVIEW OF THE HATE YOU GIVE
Official Goodreads Summary:
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
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.
I’ll be completely honest, when I started this book I had a slight doubt because the writing style of the author and language she used was rather different than anything I’ve read so far. But that doubt didn’t last long as my love for everything else about the book overpowered it.
Starr is an amazingly beautiful character and an absolute delight to read about. She’s black and proud of it, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t scare her. Starr maintains different identities- just a normal girl Starr for her family and black neighborhood and the ‘cool black girl’ Starr at her white kid school.
She’s afraid that being her true self will get her labelled as ‘the angry black girl’ or ‘the ghetto girl’ and this part is so much relatable. Whether you’re black or a person of colour, or even white you can relate to being afraid of showing your true identity to everyone.
It’s amazing to watch Starr get over her fears as the book progresses and become a strong women. Be assured that this isn’t an easy transformation. It’s real messy involving buckets of tears, puking, hellish nightmares and whatnot but Starr overcomes them all.
Aside from Starr, I love her whole family a lot! Starr’s mom is fiercely protective of the family, specially her children and while she loves her husband a lot she’s ready to go against him when it comes to Starr’s safety. Starr’s father isn”t any more behind in supporting her. He’s an ex-gang member who was locked up in prison for a good portion of Starr’s childhood but is now doing everything he can to make it right.
Star’s little brother doesn’t have much of a role but her step-brother Seven is the protective brother every sister with an older brother will relate to having(I DO NOT RELATE, GIMME SEVEN AS A BROTHER! *cries*)
Seven is always trying to be the man of the family for all of his sisters but on the inside he’s slightly broken too and we get to see some softer and emotional parts of him too. Kenya is also a really wonderful character and one of the main force that makes Starr finally speak up. Uncle Carlos was also the perfect second dad to Starr and it was fun to watch his role as a friend, uncle, father and a cop too.
Seriously the list of characters I love is so long I wish I could cover them all!
Also, my heart is bleeding for Khalil please somebody bring him back!
The dark parts of this story are beautifully intervened by the humorous jokes, slight romantic scenes and adorable friendships. This book is mainly centered around racism and the struggles of black people but also discusses other important topics like drug abuse, broken families, police brutality, complicated friendships, discrimination and loads of other stuff!
I can go on and on about this wonderful book but wow there are already so many words here. Without a single doubt 5/5 star rating!
Now you might ask why such an amazing and empowering book was banned? It’s crazy but apparently THUG was banned for the violence it portrayed and the strong language used.
Honestly, I don’t know who was stupid enough to ban it on these grounds. The violence in this book is not brutal and grotesque unlike other gory and horror books and movies that children read and watch. When it come to the language, which again isn’t that explicit, I always tell people that the children whom you want to protect from reading such language are already exposed to it through various forms of media and movies, not to mention some of them are exposed to it through their schools and neighborhood and might already be using such language.
You can’t undo what they know so please let them read this book and at least be inspired by the important messages it send across. Don’t judge a book so quickly!
In short, this book is a must read for every reader and non-reader, YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO READ THIS NOW!
(warning for extreme sobbing and screeching)
I’m really pumped up for the movie which is coming out really soon! Please don’t be lazy, read the book before watching the movie because no matter how much people try a 500 page book cannot be completely covered in a 2 hour movie!
Anyway, this trailer shredded my heart into pieces and no matter how many times I watch it I always get tears in my eyes and a chill runs down my spine. This movie is going to be breathtaking and revolutionary, I can already tell!
Here are my thoughts when I first saw the trailer:
- OMG I ALREADY LOVE THE OPENING SONG!
- *screeching at the casting of Starr and Khalil*
- OMG WAIT. IS STARR PLAYED BY THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYED RUE IN HUNGER GAMES?? YES SHE IS AHHHHHH
- Damn I love their accents!
- YAS THE FAMED SNEAKER COLLECTION
- She’s so cute I can’t take it *cries*
- Ooh Williamson looks just like I had imagined!
- Hi Hailey, I hate you , yes you can go BYE
- KJ APA PLAYS CHRIS WHAAAAAAAT
- Okay but Khalil and Starr look so cute together MY HEART
- THE POLICE CAR NO NO NO NO
- *ugly sobbing*
- their dialogue delivery is KILLING ME
- oh good the goosebumps are here
- THIS SONG IS GOOOOOD
- DAMN RIGHT YOU PROTEST!
- I love when movies take quotes straight from the book!!!!*cries*
- DO I EVEN NEED A REASON TO CRY?
- THE QUOTES THE QUOTES THE QUOTES
- the tear gas scene is gonna be there. dig my grave.
- WHY IS OCTOBER 19 SO FARRRR