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Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts
Synopsis: 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.
Writing: The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’ debut novel, and it is so incredibly impressive. The writing in this book feels so seasoned. Everything flows so perfectly, there are no parts that feel unnecessary, nor are there parts that feel underdeveloped. Nothing about this book drags on. THUG is an extremely well written book that is sure to keep you entertained and invested throughout the entire novel.
Plot: The plot of THUG is executed so nicely. This novel gives an extremely heartbreaking, but eye opening account of realistic events that are currently happening in the U.S. Nothing about this plot feels forced, unrealistic, or flat. It feels real, and emotional, and funny, and inspiring. This story is important! Khalil’s story is important! Starr’s story is important! But beyond its importance and relevance, it’s just a genuinely great novel all around. Starr’s journey of finding herself, and finding her voice is very relatable and inspiring. I also really enjoyed the family dynamic in this story. I completely agree with John Green’s statement about this book; “Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.”
Characters: Starr is such a strong character. She is smart, brave, funny, and relatable. She is everything you want in a strong female lead. I especially enjoyed getting to know Starr’s family. These characters were developed so well, and add so much to the story. There were no characters that I felt were unnecessary to the story, or underdeveloped.
Overall: I clearly love this story. Angie Thomas is pure genius. I will read absolutely anything that she releases. Throughout this novel I laughed, cried, got angry, and became passionate. The Hate U Give is an important read for EVERYBODY! I truly believe everyone should give this book a chance, and I truly believe that there is no reason to dislike this novel.
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