Final Thoughts: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas
Pages: 464
Warnings: Some scenes of violence, strong language

I picked up this novel a couple of nights ago, and finished reading it in the early morning yesterday, after being unable to put it down. It was incredible. Ever since I stopped reading it, I have been praising it to everyone around me, and for good reason.

Let’s start with the plot. The Hate U Give is a story about a girl- Starr Carter that watched one of her friends get murdered by a police officer on their way home. When the media slanders her friend’s name, Starr tries to help clear their name and get justice for their death. Considering all the horrible things going on in the media concerning the deaths of black people at the hands of police this paints a scenario of very real situations, and gives you a look into their lives.

Character-wise, everyone in the novel is different and unique and important to the story. Each of them gives a new dimension to the story. Some of my favourites include Starr’s parents. Maverick and Lisa Carter. They are supportive of their daughter and trying to give her and her siblings a better life while trying to stay true to themselves. They have healthy relationships with their children, and also between themselves. They are probably some of my favourite fictional parents. The characters are well fleshed out, and interesting to read about, and honestly are the best part of the story.

The book is very important, and I honestly think everyone should read it. I’ve never experienced anything that Angie Thomas describes in her book, and it really helped put me in Starr’s shoes. How much she struggled to be herself, and the horrible things she’s seen happen. This book really allows you an honest, uncensored look into Starr’s life, and how much prejudice plays a part in her life. I would recommend this novel to everyone and anyone because it’s a fantastic piece of writing that helps shed light on a horrible problem that we have here in North America. Overall, it sets a very high bar for YA novels.

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First Impressions: The Hate U Give.

I’ve been meaning to pick up this book for a while now. With the release of the movie in October, I’ve been meaning to read it for several months since I first heard of the movie coming out. Since I’ve made it my goal to read as many books as I can in the next year, I decided to start my new year off right, by reading this book. Of course, I’m terribly late to the party, but I still very much look forward to experiencing this novel for myself.

This novel took the YA community by the storm and was recommended by John Green in his vlogbrothers video almost a year ago. Even though I’m only about a hundred pages into the novel I am enjoying it tremendously. It’s fast-paced, easy to follow and has interesting characters. Starr Carter – the main character is incredibly well written and most of all – relatable.

The book is also incredibly relevant and important. It opens conversations that have to be had about police brutality and racial prejudice that often permeates through our society. In the first twenty-five pages, Starr watches her friend die at the hands of a cop who pulled them over. The novel provides a harrowing look into something that happens in real life all the time. Something that needs to be talked about.

I am glad that this book is opening a conversation, and I am excited to read more.

Why am I Here?

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Why am I here? Why did I start this blog? For me, the answer lies with the fact that ever since I was little I wanted to be a writer. I remember being eight or nine and writing my first ever story in a ridiculous sized font on my mom’s computer. I have always dreamed of writing my own novel, but until I do I need research and practice. Lots of research and practice.

And what better way to gain this skill than by sharing my opinions about the books I read along the way with people on the internet?

So, join me as I discover more and more novels in my life, and fill the hole in my chest with all the stories I could ever possibly remember.

I’ll do my best to keep up with this blog as much as I can, but I am a university student, and procrastination strikes at the most inopportune moments. Hopefully, this semester goes better than the last one (HA)!

Yours truly,

Dex.