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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, #OwnVoices

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: February 28th, 2017

Number of Pages: 438

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨ (4.5/5.0)

 

It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.

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The Hate U Give takes you into the life of a sixteen year old Starr Carter who lives in a black community neighborhood Garden Heights. Everyday she tries to balance her two separate lives between the poor birthplace where she was also raised in and the suburbs high school where she interacts with not only white people but also people of other different races. She has a white boyfriend Chris. As she becomes the only witness on the shooting of her unfortunate childhood friend Khalil, her two worlds begin to collide. She struggles to keep herself from being lost and fight for justice.

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

IMG_20170918_142419I’m lost for words after finishing it in one sitting. This book gives me all the feels. I’m glad I finally got to read it. This book has been on the hype for quite a time now. I’m happy that it lives up to the hype. Oh, and this book reminds me so much of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Do you know this book or have you read it? The overall story of the two books is similar. The main characters live in their own communities (black community Garden Heights and Native American community Spokane). They both seek education outside their hometown because their communities support poor education. Thus, they go to white school. Their communities are also being discriminated and looked down upon by the white people. Despite their similarities, they have their own uniqueness.

I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?

I don’t know where to begin. There are so many things in the book that can be discussed, but I want to keep this post short. So I’m just going to start with, first of all, what I love so much about this book is the characters. 💞 They are not without flaws, and they support each other in their very own twisted ways. My favorites out of all of the characters would be Starr’s parents. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 They’re the ultimate parents all children would wish to have. I admire Starr for being able to pull through everything that has happened to her and how that affects her character developments. And about her relationship with Chris, I feel like there’s something off with them. I don’t know, I just don’t really feel their chemistry. I kind of see them as best-friends. 🤷 Maybe it’s because of how Starr expresses her feelings or their interactions which we don’t really see constantly and as intense throughout the book.

Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died. Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.

Second of all, what I also like about the book is the dynamic and the complexity of the plot line. This book is so long, I wouldn’t be able to bear it if not for the interesting story line. Aside from Khalil’s shooting case, which is what the book mainly discussed, we also get to see how Starr goes through her two separate lives and how problematic the community of where she lives is. Basically, every character in the book from the MCs to the side characters has their background story told.

He got a tan over break. I used to tell him he was so pale he looked like a marshmallow. He hated that I compared him to food. I told him that’s what he got for calling me caramel. It shut him up.

Third of all, what hold my interest is also the whole roller-coaster ride experience while reading the book. This book brings out the best and the worst in me. 😂 The next one is the writing or the tone, I guess. There’s humor everywhere. You won’t be really really sad without also feeling a hint of relieve or joy. It’s like you can always find a tiny light in the worst possible situation.

Holy shit. Who the fuck complains about going to Harry Potter World? Or Butter Beer? Or wands?

The last one that hooks me to this book is all the references towards pop cultureThere are Harry Potter jokes, foods, musics from well-known black rappers, and a lot of others to the point that some of them I’m not really sure what they’re referring to. All of those just make the book even more realistic and relevant. 👍

Now I have also a tiny little bit issues with the book. 🙈 I’m not American, but I did study American History back when I was in my sophomore year of university. I don’t know very much about what happen there right now at the moment. There’s this small part of me that argues that maybe this book is overdone and a little bit too biased. I mean, yes, I get that this is #OwnVoices and maybe the whole point of the book is really to show just from one side of perspectives. But, I’m a little bit disappointed that the only good white character is Chris. Originally, there are two, Chris and Hailey, before Hailey eventually turns out to be just like the other white people. Seeing what happens, it is easy to believe that more than half of the white population are the bad guys. Another thing is that at the beginning I had to adjust to the Southern accent or the African American dialect because they talk differently from the normal American English.

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Finally, there you have it! Phewww it’s getting a bit uncomfortable for me to separate and label people as black people and white people.  😬 So, with all the points above put into consideration, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars. 😍 It was really nice and a very pleasant surprise reading this book. I totally recommend anyone to read it. I’m currently persuading all of my friends to try it out as well. 😜 The book is powerful, touching, heart-breaking, brutal in a sense, and most of all very quotable. There’s just so many that we can learn from the book. You can’t be reading this book and not having a highlighter pen by your side. There’s literally like at least one phrase or sentence that begs to meet your highlighter in every page. 😂 Okay, maybe I’m a bit overboard with that, but yes really, there are just many meaningful, insightful, and inspiring quotes you can find in the book.

That’s everything I wanted to say about this book. Let me know if you have read the book or not, whether you’re planning to or never really interested in reading it, and what you think of the book. I’ll see you with a non-review post in a couple of days. Thank you everyone. Adios! 💃

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