Book of the Week / 14

Welcome to my next book review! I have literally just finished reading this book, so I thought it would be best to write my review on it straight away! This book that I will be talking about today, has made me feel all the feels. It almost made me cry at one point, it made me feel sad, on edge and it also made me laugh out loud a couple times which I think is a really good aspect to a book.

This weeks book is –

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas


This book is based around 16 year old Starr. She moves between two world, her poor neighbourhood where she lives filled with gangs, and her fancy upper-class high school in the suburbs. Her world comes crashing down when she witnessed the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, who was shot by a police officer.

The news of his death is soon spread across the world and is on every news headline. The news are making him out to be a bad person – a thug, drug dealer and gang banger, but they only know part of the story. This breaks out protests on all of the streets of Starr’s neighbourhood. Everyone wants to know the truth about what happened that night, and the only person that can answer this, is Starr herself. What she chooses to say could endanger her life.

Racism fills a lot of this book, as well as bravery and coming to terms with the past. I don’t believe Kahlil should have been shot, I think it was completely unnecessary. He was completely unarmed and wasn’t a threat to anybody. He was in the car with Starr when they got pulled over. He was asked to get out of the car, while a gun was being pointed at him. He reached into the car to check if Starr was ok, with a hairbrush in his hand, which the police believed this was a gun, and he was suddenly shot dead. There was lots of talk that he was shot just because he was black, as the shooting was done by a white police officer.

In this book also includes a bit of a messy family tree. The part of the book that I found the funniest was a line about Starr’s brother, Seven. Yes, his name is Seven. There is a meaning behind all their names. “Seven. What kind of name is that? What’s your middle name, Eight?”

If you want to find out more on this book, I would highly recommend you check it out and have a read. There is so much more to it than what I have written in my review, but I don’t want to give away spoilers! I loved this book.

The genres that this book is under is young adult, contemporary, fiction and realistic fiction.

I give this one a 9/10!

Happy reading!

Chelsea x


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