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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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    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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    This book is very powerful and just great. I definatly recommend this book to young adults+. This book is jut amazing. Thank you so much for writing this book. It is just so powerful. Thanks.
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    Not my favorite but not bad.

    It’s a sad story but felt was lacking a lot of historical background to make it a bit more interesting. You almost can tell it’s the first book of the author. It’s an easy read though.

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