Banned Book Club: Reviewing The Hate U Give + Trailer Reaction

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)



So now you get to see me flail scream review this book!



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:

  • *screeching at the casting of Starr and Khalil*
  • Damn I love their accents!
  • 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
  • Okay but Khalil and Starr look so cute together MY HEART
  • *ugly sobbing*
  • their dialogue delivery is KILLING ME
  • oh good the goosebumps are here
  • I love when movies take quotes straight from the book!!!!*cries*
  • the tear gas scene is gonna be there. dig my grave.




So I hope you made it till the end cause that was a VERY long post, whoops. Have you read THUG yet? Don’t wait anymore, GO GO GO! And please comment down your reactions on the trailer and of course the book too, down below. Do you think the book should have been banned? Come tell me!

15 thoughts on “Banned Book Club: Reviewing The Hate U Give + Trailer Reaction

  1. I haven’t read THUG yet, but after reading your review I definitely HAVE to, it sounds amazing and so good and oh my god, that trailer!!! I’ll definitely be watching the movie as well!

    I 100% disagree with this book being banned. I’m against the banning of books anyway, but this one really shouldn’t have been. It is total BS, especially in this day and age, to ban books due to violence or swearing, both of which are part of every day life. Kids are going to be exposed to both one way or another, whether it is on tv, in movies, on the internet, at school, whatever, it is stupid and naive to think you can completely shelter children from these things and context really does matter. Young people are exposed to gratuitous and nonsensical violence in films and video games all the time, but those films and games don’t get banned.

    This is an incredibly important and necessary book and if I had kids I would 100% prefer for them to be reading it than some of the other books out there. Also, banning books is pointless – banning a book just makes young people want to read it even more, I know that was certainly the effect finding out a book was banned had on me! I used to go through my library specifically looking for banned books to read. 😉

    Awesome review, Charvi! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Emily! Means a lot to me that you’ll read it because of my review 😊

      And yes I completely agree! Adults seem to forget about the amount of exposure children are already getting, why not let it lead to something good? Haha yes banning a book makes everyone curious that why the hell was it banned and we go ahead and read it anyway 😂

      Thank you 💞


  2. I have read THUG, and I completely agree with all your points. It was one of the most powerful, thought provoking books I’ve ever read, and I know it’s going to stick with me for a long time.

    And URGH! I’m so mad that it has been banned in some places. I’m against book banning in general, and to ban such an important book just bugs me SO much.
    And we all know that it wasn’t really banned because of it’s ‘violence and strong language’. It was banned because the subject matter was too much for some people to handle, because they don’t want to deal with the fact that this stuff happens. So they decided banning it was a good idea, and I couldn’t be more furious.

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    • Yeah, it’s really gonna stay with me too 💕

      Exactly, no book should ever be banned and certainly not such a revolutionary one! People can’t really keep their problems to themslthem, they HAVE to go ahead and get books banned 🙄

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  3. Lovely.. wonderful.. review Charvi 🙂 You reaction to the trailer just put a smile on my face. Hopefully, I’ll post my review today 😦
    I agree this book was such an important read and everyone should read it. I made one of my non-reader friend to read it after he watched the trailer. I told him to complete the book before watching the movie 😀
    And I guess, my review is going to be even longer 😛

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    • Thank you! Hehe, glad to know that, I thought I might be overreacting 🙈
      Oh that’s great news! Book before the movie😁
      Ahhh I had to cut back so muc and still this review came out to be so long.

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  4. Girl…that’s it as soon as I finish Beautiful Creatures I’m going to destroy my heart and read THUG because damn it’s about time I get round to reading it isn’t it? xD Also I’m an only child, so yeah I can’t relate ever to when there’s an older protective brother all I think is ‘I want one please’ haha

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    • Yes, yes, yes! You’re gonna love it❤️

      I have a sister but I’ve wanted a brother since forever. I’m kinda close to one of my cousin brother but we meet quite less so I’m just like WHY CAN’T YOU BE MY REAL BROTHER

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      • Haha that’s amazing. I just recently changed my blog aesthetics and I’ve made a separate menu for “lists” Hahahaha. Haven’t written anything under that topic yet, because I just changed it literally but boy I’m so excited!!

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