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However, this version is just a glimpse into the book and not the whole one, so a little disappointed. So plz look into the details before you purchase as Amazon does have the entire book available too.
This was not what I was expecting at all! I haven't read a book in a while that's not had fantasy elements in it, therefore I was so happy to pick up a contemporary, and this was just perfect. Although it was based around a highly serious and extremely upsetting issue, it still managed to not be completely pessimistic. It made me laugh as many times as it made me want to cry. It showed just how complex the issue of police brutality and racism is, and this is so powerfully done through the character of Hailey. It was so interesting to read about how the characters of colour navigated their friendships with her, as I'm sure many young POC have to do with classmates on a daily basis.
The Hate U Give is a great way of educating those who aren't fully aware, or choose to be ignorant of, what Black people experience in America. It was done in the most honest way, as Starr's race is a factor in every single interaction and decision she makes in this book, such as if she chooses to testify, how she acts at her posh school and who she dates. This shows how black people have no choice but to consider their race in everything they do and everything that happens to them, the uncertainty of not knowing whether your race is why something has happened to you, is just as distressing as blatant racism. Again, Hailey's character is a great way to show this grey area, so to speak.
I loved all of the characters so much (apart from Hailey, but she was very necessary), they were so well written, that it felt as though these characters had been existing before you picked up the book. I particularly loved the strong sense of community that Angie Thomas created around everyone in Starr's neighbourhood, as in areas like hers this is never showcased. This inclusion was so important, as it showed that these people have whole lives, dreams, people who love them, until they are reduced to a single hashtag.
I can't recommend this book enough, everyone should read it. The extra content in the Waterstones exclusive edition was equally as amazing, Angie Thomas truly has a gift. I just want to read everything she writes!!!!
The full book is very gripping and a story that needs telling. However despite the title 'The BOOK everyone's talking about' this is not the full book but a sample of 6 chapters. Amazon needs to update this as it's very misleading. I thought I was getting the full book but when I got to the end of the 6 chapters realised that if I wanted to read more I had to pay. Luckily the cost was not too high otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it. A bit of a con really.
This feels like the book we have all be waiting for. It is raw and honest and important. I myself am a white woman but I work with young people, most of whom are black or asian and I feel that it is vital that they see books and writers which reflect their own experience. Thomas is a powerful, authentic writer. You feel for Starr as she negotiates the line between her worlds, changing her language, clothes and behaviour to fit into the world she is inhabiting that day. I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of her parents, her father an ex-gang member and shop owner and her mother, a medic. I also enjoyed the references to 90s rap music which took me back to my youth. Quite possibly my favourite book I've read this year.
This book is extremely important to our current political climate. So important, in fact, that I think it should be necessary reading in all high schools/secondary schools. It's an important voice talking about police brutality and the everyday racism that black people face. It's told in a way that is gripping, I wasn't bored for a single second of this book, and Starr's character development and personal growth was a strong one. We need more strong teenage women as main characters in books, especially when they are of colour.
An important read about injustice in America, suffered by black people by the hand of the justice system and the police. Narrated by a 16 year old black girl I was able to see from her perspective. The dialogue is witty and eloquent. Everyone should read this book. Black lives matter.