Thursday, August 23, 2018

My Thoughts: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Audiobook)
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
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Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 453
ISBN: 9780062498533
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I have had The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on my TBR for way too long, and I was determined to finally read the book, not only because the movie is set to release soon, but also because I have seen SO many good reviews for it, and I really wanted to finally check it out. Now that I’ve officially read the book, I am totally kicking myself for not having read it sooner. This book was so good.

The Hate U Give definitely lives up to all the hype that I had heard about the book. The story was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and though it is a work of fiction, it is very much relevant to what’s happening in the world today. The story is shocking and heartbreaking, and so very real. There are some parts in the story that are extremely painful to read, and it’s really disheartening to know that the stuff that happens in the book happens in real life. But, these are the stories that need to be told, and Angie Thomas did a fantastic job telling her story in this book. While the story was hard to read at times, she also managed to get her message across, all while making you fall completely in love with the main character, Starr, and her wonderful family. This book was everything, and I hope you read it and agree!

I also want to add that I opted to listen to the audiobook for The Hate U Give, mostly because it is narrated by the amazing Bahni Turpin, who has also narrated the audiobooks for Children of Blood and Bone and Dread Nation, both of which I also really enjoyed. I also discovered that she narrates the audiobooks for The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, as well as Angie Thomas’s next novel, On the Come Up, and SO many more! I am really looking forward to listening to all of these, and if you haven’t yet checked out an audiobook that is narrated by Bahni, I highly recommend you give one a try!

Overall; I am so glad to have finally read The Hate U Give, and it is totally one of those books that I wish I had read sooner. It was such a powerful read, and I really enjoyed Angie’s writing style. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her books, including On the Come Up, which I mentioned above, and which is currently set to release in February 2019. I can’t wait to check it out! If you’ve not yet picked up The Hate U Give, you should definitely do so ASAP!

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