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  • Written with such elegance, and passion

    Sixteen year old Starr’s life changed in an instant, and would never be the same again. It was bad enough to witness your friend being gunned down by gang-bangers at the age of ten. Now here she is, sat in her oldest friend, Khalil’s car, as the bullets pop into his chest, three in quick succession. Why? Because officer 115 had an itchy trigger finger. He claimed that he saw a gun in the car, there was no gun. The real reason he shot, and killed, an unarmed black teenager was, he presumed that he was a THUG. He put two and two together, and came up with three. The Hate U Give, is one of those books that will stay with you forever. It may be a YA book, but it should be read by all adults, not just young ones. It contains some very powerful, hard-hitting messages. Important messages, that hopefully will change the way you look at certain parts of society, and make you understand that not all what you deem to be true, actually is. This isn’t a police bashing book though, far from it. Yes, there is conflict with the law, but the conflict also goes much deeper within the community too. The author has given you the opportunity to discover what really happens in poor, predominantly black neighbourhoods in the USA. The book may be fictional, but the basis is very real. Filled with characters you can relate to, and scenarios that you read far too often about, this book will touch your heart. Gut wrenchingly honest, it will have your emotions going into overdrive. It is also uplifting in the way Starr deals with the aftermath of the shooting and her courage to stand up for what she believes in. I loved the way her mother is portrayed, and the manner in which she views, and relates to the world, with her positive, yet realistic attitude. Then you have the very different personalities that her brothers Sekani and Seven bring to the story, especially Seven’s young, humorous outlook on life. When it came to her dad, Maverick, although I found him very wise, and he loved his family dearly, he often viewed society as us, and them. Written with such elegance, and passion, it is hard to believe that this is Ms. Thomas’s debut novel. It held me captivated to the pages, and to Starr, her family and her friends’ lives. It is a real eye-opener, and I believe, a must read for 2017.

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  • Much more than a YA novel

    I admire this book so much. It is classed as YA but it has an emotional maturity and degree of social insight greater than many so called adult novels, even some that win awards. It is about an African American teenage girl who witnesses the shooting of a friend by a policeman and the effect it has on her. It is not at all a political rant though, it is extraordinarily skilful at recognising the way different people see things. A big part of the book is about the strain of moving between the two worlds of home and school and having to talk and act differently around different people. Many Brits can relate to this on class grounds even if we're not so familiar with the racial tensions depicted. I loved the scenes of happy family life and of the developing relationship with her boyfriend. All of the characters are very vivid and fully realised. This is just a great novel! Read it!

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  • So important!

    4.5/5 /SPOILER-FREE REVIEW/ What I thought about it, roughly: Important and enjoyable read. I was hooked throughout the whole story. What I thought about it, in details: Characters: I really liked the main character, but also her close friends and the relationship she had with her family. I think all those relationships were really well done and were a very strong point to the story. Plot: Important plot that can open the eyes of anyone that doesn't live in ghettos in the US. The plot was good even though I was expecting a bit more from it, maybe a bit more manifestations coming from the main character -I believe I was expecting that as people sometimes give kind of false descriptions of this book as describing it like a book very focused on the Black Panther action, which is not true, there are not that many manifestations on that, the Black Panther movement is only mentioned a couple of times. Writing: I enjoyed the writing style and the slang used in the book, it made it sound more authentic.

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  • Just Wow

    I loved this book, realistic, hard hitting, honest and well written. I cried and i loved every minute of reading this book.

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  • Important, beautiful, needed

    I would recommend this book wholeheartedly. Not only is it an important reflection on issues like modern racism and the role of the police, it’s also a wonderful and heartfelt story about a teenager caught between two worlds. As a white reader, it challenged me in so many ways to think about my attitudes and my behaviours. Even though these aren’t issues that are new to me intellectually, the beauty of the writing, and the way books allow you to inhabit another’s world, allowed me a more personal glimpse into the lives of those who deal with these issues every day; I’ll never know what it is like to grow up black in a world that devalues blackness, but this kind of writing brings me closer to the kind of understanding that we all need to have if the world is going to change for the better. I would not only recommend this book to everyone, everyone *needs* to read this book and others like it.

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