The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – eARC review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: contemporary, young adult, ownvoices
Pages: 464p
Source: review copy received from Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

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I don’t know if I’ll be able to put my thoughts on this in a concise way, so here goes: This is the best contemporary novel I have ever read. If The Hate U Give isn’t being taught in schools within the next ten years max, I’ll eat my hat.

This novel really put me through the wringer. I laughed, I ugly cried, and more than once I had to put it down and just sit with it. By no means is this a lighthearted read (and if you think it will be, maybe read the synopsis again). I’m always a fan of books that are an emotional punch to the face, and THUG is no exception. There is hope, but it will definitely hurt.

The Hate U Give is incredibly well-crafted. Starr is a complex, inspiring girl. A lot of the time my issue with contemporary novels, particularly in YA, the teenagers don’t speak or text or think like teens; they think how adults think ‘the youth’ acts ‘these days’. Not so with THUG. Every character has a unique voice and personality and they just feel so real that I found myself forgetting that this is fiction and not a girl’s diary being published.

Honestly, I can’t wait for my preorder to arrive so I have an excuse to read this again. Don’t miss this. Starr’s voice is important now more than ever.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this novel from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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3 thoughts on “The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – eARC review

  1. “This is the best contemporary novel I have ever read” that says a lot! Love stories that give me all the feels and make me cry, laugh, etc.Love that the character felt so real as well. SOOOOO ADDED TO GR! Thanks for the review!


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