GIVEAWAY CONTEST: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Review

August 25, 2017 / 28 Comments / Favorites, Giveaways, Review

Hi guys! I know I’ve been away for a bit (just resting and taking it easy with my pregnancy!), but I’m back today with a review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

This book is definitely going on my top 5 for this year, so it gets a full review, and I hope you guys will pick it up. I hope that so much that I’m giving away a copy! Check out my review and sign up below!

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | ReviewThe Hate U Give

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Author: Angie Thomas
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Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Source: Chapters Indigo (ARC), Audible.com (Audiobook)
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —The Horn Book (starred review)

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.

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is probably one of the best and most real, raw and honest portrayals of teen life I’ve read this year. This is a book about a girl dealing with one of the most frustrating things you could ever imagine: the unfair, unjust murder of a best friend. It’s a book that throws open the doors on black culture and family life, and forced me to face my own privilege and ignorance.

Starr Carter is a 16-year old who lives in Garden Heights, a poor black neighbourhood, but attends Williamson Academy, a predominantly white school in a wealthier suburb. She spends her life caught between these two worlds – playing “Ghetto Star” and “Williamson Starr” and trying to figure out which one she really is.

One night, when she’s hanging out at a party with her Garden Heights friends, shots ring out and she and her old pal Khalil Harris leave the party. On their way to her house, they are held up by a white police officer, and even though it’s clear that they did nothing wrong, Khalil is shot dead.

From there, Starr is at first told not to say anything. Very few people know there was a witness, much less that it was Starr. Starr herself is confused as her friends and family mourn and protest and opinions are divided on what happened that night.

The genius of this book is that despite the fact that it’s dealing with something so shocking and painful, it’s not ALL about Khalil’s death. The Hate U Give is as much about Starr trying to figure out her own actions, reactions, and opinions on race, relationships, friends and family as it is about the events of the murder case. There are moments of hilarity and heart (Starr’s parents are amazing and funny and the best), moments of poignant happiness, moments of swoon (Starr’s boyfriend Chris is so cute with her), and moments of anger. The Hate U Give gives you a complete, rounded picture of Starr’s life and community, and it’s just so…beautifully intersectional and honest.

The writing in The Hate U Give is plain and honest, without anything florid. I listened to the audiobook of The Hate U Give, and I felt like it enhanced my experience so much because I could hear all the slang as it was meant to be said. (I’m embarrassed and humbled that I took a look a few times at my physical book and didn’t recognize certain words like “Ay” as “Hey”. Thank goodness the narrator Bahni Turpin set me straight).

Angie Thomas does not hold back in terms of slang or cussing, but not a single word felt out of character. Moreover, everything flowed so smoothly, I felt like I was in the Carter family any time they bantered.

I’m not sure what else I can say about this book other than that it opened my eyes so much to what it means to be a black teenager in America. I know this book isn’t about me – it’s written for black kids who might not see themselves in books that often and I’m glad for that.

I also know it’s not every black teenager’s experience, but I do believe that this is very much an #ownvoices novel. It rang very true to me, and showed me just how much Western society privileges white people and pushes down minorities. I was particularly struck by a certain moment when Starr’s Chinese friend Maya tells her a story about her own encounter with racism – because that same (exact!) thing has happened to me before.

As a Chinese woman, I have had to deal with racism in certain ways. But I do feel like I’m caught somewhere between the everyday, sometimes violent racism Starr witnesses and lives with and white privilege. I grew up in a Canadian, multi-cultural city where I didn’t want for anything. Acknowledging that and recognizing that my ethnicity has not held me back in life, though, I see much more just how imbalanced our society is. The Hate U Give has taught me so much about how to be a better ally, and how to fight with my black friends.

Bonuses:

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: If you haven’t seen it, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a 90s show starring a young Will Smith, about a kid who grew up in Philadelphia and gets into some trouble. He moves to LA, to a super-posh neighbourhood where he needs to figure out how to fit in with his aunt and uncle’s “proper” family.  Starr and her boyfriend Chris are obsessed with this show. Starr really connects with it because she feels like Will (caught between school and home personas). All the references are such a treat – I spent a lot of my after-school time watching this show when I was a kid & it adds so much to know it. Also, it’s funny!

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Family Matters: I cannot say this enough: I love Starr’s family. From Big Mav (her dad) to Linda (her mom) to her Uncle Carlos, to her half-brother Seven to kid brother Sekani…all of them just felt so real to me. Complex and teasing and sometimes hurtful, but also loving and full of respect for one another.

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Save the Last Dance has some great girl relationships that deal with racial tensions. Chenille is the BEST.

Girl Friendships: A lot of this book is Starr figuring out who her friends really are – who has her back, who is making her a better person. And sometimes, because of that, she runs into racism, but sometimes it’s also about recognizing how she can be a better friend. It’s the intersection of all of those things that made the girl friendships work for me in this book.

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Hidden Figures. #Obsessed

Boys Who Like Strong Women: All the (good) dudes in this book are in relationships with women TOTALLY love them for their strength. It’s so refreshing to NOT see abusive or dominating males who don’t listen to women. My fave was Chris, Starr’s white boyfriend who really loves her for her (and seriously, they are SO cute together). But Seven’s girlfriend, Starr’s aunt, and her mom Linda are all super fierce. It’s just great to see how much the guys in this book care about and treat them right.

Book Theme Song:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air by Will Smith

Obviously, I couldn’t NOT have this as the theme song. It features a lot. With good reason.

The Final Word:

Part of (Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda author) Becky Albertalli‘s blurb on the cover of The Hate U Give says “Everyone should read this book.” I fully and completely agree with that statement. Angie Thomas has achieved a brilliant balance with The Hate U Give. It’s incredibly timely, heartbreakingly true, but still bold, relatable, funny, and honest. I’m grateful that she wrote this book, and even more grateful to be more woke because of it. I’ll be passing this one on to every one I know, and eagerly awaiting Ms. Thomas’ next book.

GIVEAWAY:

This book is so amazing that I really needed to share the love. So I’m hosting a short giveaway, open internationally, to anyone who wants/needs a copy. Sign up below!

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THE HATE U GIVE is out in bookstores now. Have you read this stunning, empowering book? If not, will you be reading it? Would love to hear your thoughts on the book and just racism in general.

 


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28 responses to “GIVEAWAY CONTEST: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Review

  1. I’ve heard so much about this book, mostly good and I haven’t read it. I need it!! I feel left out. Plus your review made me want to read it more. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!!

  2. Nadine

    I have not read it yet but want to as I enjoy YA lit, reading it to recommend books to be bought for my local library.

  3. Betul E.

    I haven’t read The Hate U Give yet. However I have come across this book on social media a lot, and seen great reviews about it. So it now has intrigued my interest. Also I can understand being stuck between two worlds (not on a level as Starr), I come from an immigrant family and have needed to defend myself when something bad happens involving someone with my background. I also keep an close eye on situations in the US, and it breaks my heart seeing the country being so divided. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  4. Zaira F

    I haven’t read THUG yet but I really want to!! I think books like this are sooo important because of the representation it has and because the story deal with an important issue.

  5. I’ve been wanting to read this from the time I first saw it. Your review makes me want to get to the it ASAP. I knew a bit about it, but now I need to read it. Thanks for reminding me of how important this book is.

  6. Marianne

    I’ve heard so many good things about it and based on the reviews I’ve read, this sounds exactly like my kind of book.

  7. I have not yet read The Hate You Give. I heard many great things about it also reading all the reviews about the book makes me want it more and I know I ‘m going to love it very much 🙂

  8. Bryana Johnson

    OMG 😱😱😱😱 I haven’t read this book yet, but I have been dying to read it. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now. Ever since I saw it in the book store it has caught my attention. I’ve also heard fantastic reviews on this book. I also love the important message this book speaks about. Especially with all the racial tension that has been going on here in the U.S. lately. It’s a book that I can relate to in so many ways.

  9. Karen M

    I haven’t read it yet, but it is my book club’s book selection for September. We picked it because is different to the books we usually read – usually paranormal/fantasy- plus its about a relevant theme.

  10. I haven’t picked up a copy of THUG yet, mostly because I haven’t seen it here in the Philippines. But I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Thomas’ debut. I’m glad your hosting a giveaway for a diverse book, Tiff, since it will definitely help promote the work. And even THUG, with all the coverage it’s been getting, still needs the support.

  11. Valentina B.

    I haven’t had the chance to read yet but I’ve heard so many good things about this book so I’m really curious to read and see how it is. Thanks for the chance!

  12. Grace

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I NEED to. It has so much hype, and nothing but outstanding reviews. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve read a negative opinion yet. Seems to be a powerful reading, a thought-provoking story that will change you whether you can identify with the MC’s situation or not. And that’s exactly why I’d love to read it. Thank you so much for the chance to win it, Tiff!

  13. Kerri W.

    This book changed my life. I’m excited to have the opportunity to share it with my students, who are mostly, like myself, of a privileged population and in need of a reminder of such. Peace.

  14. Pearl Saban

    Haven’t read it, but would like my daughter to read it. Interesting to read about realistic situations and how they affect young people.

  15. Mike

    I read it a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed it, and expect to see it on a lot of Best of the Year lists, and probably some awards. It’s in my top 5 of the year, and I will be recommending it to kids at school.

  16. If I wasn’t sold already, the references to Fresh Prince have me all grabby hands over this book. It’s been one of my top must read books all year, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Tiff!

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