"Once there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug."
The Hate U Give
chilli chai because this book is fierce
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is caught between two worlds: the predominantly-white, middle-class world of her highschool; and the poor, black neighbourhood that is her home. When Starr is the only witness to her childhood friend's murder at the hands of a police officer, both of her worlds begin to collide in unexpected ways. Suddenly, Starr must learn to reconcile the similarities and differences between the two worlds she inhabits, to be proud of her own community and heritage, and to find the voice and conviction to stand up for what she believes in. The Hate U Give is a coming-of-age story with a powerful political message that should be compulsory reading in all high-schools.
My spoiler-free summary.
My five categories.
Characters + Relationships
The romantic aspect of the book was fairly uninspiring to me, but that wasn't the important part of the book. The important thing was Starr's relationship with her community.
This wasn't really a plot-based book. Very little actually happened from start to end, and there was no arc to resolution in the story. But this is because the book is a coming-of-age story, where more importance is placed on the character development and themes than the plot.
Themes + Motifs
I don't think anyone could argue that themes in this book are powerful and important. This book is arguably the most important YA release to come out this decade.
I found a lot of the high school aspects of the book to be un-relatable, which made this a slightly less enjoyable read than it could have been. I also found the pacing to shift from fast to slow a lot, which meant that I ended up taking longer to read this book because of how stuck I got in the slower moments.
Bonus | Writing
To be honest I'm writing this review well after when I rated it so I can barely even remember what my chosen bonus category was, let alone why I rated it the way I did. Sorry. :/
My overall rating
Overall this book got a four star rating for me. I think it's an extremely important read for everyone, but it ended up losing a few points from be because of how difficult it was for me to enjoy the whole 'tumblr, highschool romance' aspect of it.
Have you read THUG yet?? You should!