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Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk
Starr grew up in the hood. She is surrounded by gang violence, and watches her best friend get killed in a drive-by at 10 years old. But that all pales in comparison to the night she gets a ride home from a party with her childhood friend Khalil. The blue lights go on behind them and Starr's life changes forever.

My Thoughts
I think there is a lot to think about and discuss in this book. I believe in the importance of diverse books that address tough topics, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. I have no experience or perspective to match it, but I am glad I read the book because it caused me to think deeply about my own biases and perceptions. It also made me think about how the media portrays things and how much I take as truth that probably should be more fully examined.

That being said, I felt the dialogue was heavy handed and overplayed. It just felt too contrived, like I knew exactly where the story was going from the first chapter. I also felt like there were things in the story that were glamorized that didn't need to be (gang violence is one example, the rioting another).

My Recommendation
3.5/5 stars
Grades 9+ (language, violence, drugs)

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