Genre: contemporary, young adult, ownvoices
Source: review copy received from Edelweiss
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.