Review: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 

I’ve waited a couple of weeks since reading to write this review, simply because it hit me so hard, and I couldn’t put all of my feeling and opinions into words. I’m still struggling.

The Hate U Give is phenomenal. Better than that. I can’t think of any word that does this book justice, and as Angie Thomas’ debut novel, I’m so excited to see what she writes next.

Everything about this book was just incredible on so many levels. The characters were fully formed, and even minor characters didn’t get forgotten about. I feel like I knew all of these people, which made me care all the more.

Starr was depicted perfectly, in all of her teenage greatness, and I particularly loved her family. All of their individual personalities shone through, and I just wished I could have jumped through the pages to meet them all! The sense of humour was subtle yet effective, and I found every single one of them to be totally genuine. There was no bulls**t here.

I laughed. I cried. I was continuously in a state of awe at how good this was.

Now, to the nitty gritty. The subject matter of this book is so important. Not only does it highlight the terrifying reality of segregation between Black and White, and the horrifying consequences of involvement in drugs and gang culture, but it speaks volumes about the power of speaking up for what you believe in. Supporting each other in times of need.

With everything that has happened recently in the news, there hasn’t been a need so great for us to find our voices, join together, and find the sense of community that this novel paints so beautifully.

I couldn’t stop turning the pages reading this. I would have read it in one sitting had I of had the opportunity. I wanted to continue reading about Starr’s life and see where life takes her next.

As soon as I finished this book I was sure to put it in my bag and pass it on to my sister. This book is one I want to share with everyone, and shout about it to every person I pass on the street.

If you haven’t read it yet, please do, because I cannot recommend it enough.

The best book I’ve read this year.

Seriously, read it now…

View The Hate U Give on Goodreads

March Wrap Up & April TBR

Another month passes and I’m already behind on my Goodreads challenge – oh dear!

I’ve found it difficult to really get stuck into a book this month, so I have several on the go and haven’t really finished much!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab – I’ve been on a fantasy binge for the past few months now, and I think I’m in need of something a bit different, so it’s taken a while for me to get into this one. But now I’m over 100 pages in and I’m starting to get into the swing of it a bit more now! I loved the first book, so I’m excited to really make progress with this one!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – I picked this up a few days ago from the library as an emergency replacement book when I forgot to bring my book with me for a long journey. I’m absolutely loving it, it really is just stunning and devastating and I can’t wait to finish it – I’m flying through it!

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff – still haven’t picked this back up… just not feeling it at the moment, it’s not grabbing my attention at all! Might just put it down and come back to it a bit later.

Books I’ve read this month:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I really enjoyed this! Full review coming soon.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(.5) This book really surprised me, pleasantly. It was a super quick read, and I got through it in just a couple of days. I may have also cried a few times… full review coming soon!

Looking at that feeble 2 completed books is a bit disappointing, but actually if I think about it, I’m about 100 pages into each of the 3 other books I’ve got on the go, so not totally horrendous! Just been in a slight slump this month again, but I’m definitely getting back into it! I may also finish at least one of these books just before the month is out…

April TBR

I’m going to be ambitious this month, and set myself an actual TBR list! I haven’t done this in a while, so I’m hoping it will encourage me to boost my reading rate and shove my Goodreads challenge along a bit. There’s also a lot of books that I’m really excited to get stuck into!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – My BF has actually caught up with me on this series now, so we’re going to read this one together; cute!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been left in charge of the teen book club at work next month, and this is the selected book, so that’s worked out as a nice excuse to finally get around to reading it!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Another book my BF is desperately waiting for me to read so he can borrow it… I’m just being kind. I also told myself I need to read this before I read Strange The Dreamer, which I’m so hyped to read!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I’ve been desperate to read this since I got sent my proof copy, but still haven’t been able to get to it. This month. It will happen.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol – This is my “if I have time” choice. Nice and short, and something that I really should have read many years ago but just didn’t!

Five books is probably slightly unrealistic seeing as I’ve already got 3 in progress, but a girl can dream! Also, better to shoot for the moon and land among the stars, some might say… 😌

Also, considering I was saying “I might need something different” other than fantasy, the majority of these choices are fantasy… oops! Hopefully they’ll provide enough variety!

Goodreads Challenge Status: 7/40 (2 Books Behind Schedule)