Early Love For The Hate U Give

Posted November 4, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 5 Comments

Early Love For The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas
Published on February 28th 2017
by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Reading superhyped books is scary for book bloggers. At least, it is to me. Because hype can kill our enjoyment of the book if we let it influence our expectations. And that happens a lot. But sometimes there are these special kind of hyped books. The ones that don’t come around very often but are so amazing that even hype can’t kill them. The Hate U Give is one of those. This book is hyped up so much everyone’s expectations are so high up they reach the moon. I know mine were. And because of what it’s about, it NEEDED to be good. But you know what? This book deserves the hype. And it needs to be read by everyone.

The Hate U Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which makes it a SUPER relevant book on top of a superhyped one. Which only adds more pressure for it to be great. And you know what, it is. This book is everything it needed to be and more. It gave me what I wanted and added so much that I’m just lost as to where I should begin expressing my love for this book. It’s real and relevant and authentic and needed. I can’t stop saying how much I need everyone to read this book. Because it touched my heart. The story, the characters, the relevancy,… It’s just SO much. It’s everything. And I loved it so very very much. And now I’m babbling because honestly I don’t know what to say right now. Normally I’d start with listing negatives but you know what? I got nothing. I could nitpick the hell out of this book and maybe find a few things, but what does it matter? Nothing at all. It’s perfect. Nothing more, and absolutely nothing less.

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

~ eARC, p29

This is Angie Thomas’ debut novel and boy am I excited to see where her writing career goes after this because the writing in this book nothing short of fantastic. Just like that she earned a spot on my author autobuy list with just one book. That’s how good it was. Pair that with an amazing story that needs to be told and this is what you get. Angie, I worship at your feet. I really, honestly do. Thank you for writing this book. You deserve every bit of praise you’ve gotten and undoubtedly will get in the future. And maybe even more. And I hope your voice, and Starr’s voice is heard. And maybe it’ll make a change. Who knows, really? I hope it does.

Of course, for me the characters are the most important part of a story. If I don’t like any of them, even the best writing and most amazing story can’t make up for that. But luckily, we have a fantastic set of characters in this book. They’re all so real and I love them and I feel like I know them and they’re family and I just want to go hang out with all of them. Mr. Lewis, Kenya, Maya, Chris, DeVante, Seven, Sekani, Maverick & Lisa, Nana, Uncle Carlos, all the other people in Garden Heights and of course, our brilliant main character Starr. I love them all. I loved the family bonds in this book and yes they’re there! The parents are SUCH a big part of the story and when does that even happen in YA these days? Not enough! And Starr has such a beautiful relationship with her parents and her whole family it warmed my heart. But she also has great friendships and her romance with her boyfriend was so sweet and it never took over the story. Not in the least. They were all so perfect and I love them.

The Hate U Give was everything I wanted and SO much more. It’s a touching, real, relevant and beautiful story with a set of characters that I’ll remember for a LONG time. Read this book people. As fast as you can. If you have a copy already, throw everything aside and start this. I mean it. You won’t regret it.


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5 responses to “Early Love For The Hate U Give

  1. I am very interested in this book! I haven’t downloaded it from Edelweiss yet, but I hope to squeeze in a review in December. I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced on PW, but I admit, the hype has been draining my interest a little. STILL. This book is so important. I’m glad that the author writes really great characters AND tackles certain issues well. I hope this book has a lot of success!

    Wonderful review, Bee. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. This one definitely sounds like a really meaningful and important book, especially with the family and how adorable they all are! I love how Starr has a healthy relationship with her parents which we don’t see often in books. Lovely review Bee!

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