Combining personal narrative with political commentary, The Hate U Give (THUG) is a look at the intersections of racial culture in the United States. Starr is a young women caught in the middle of two worlds, and the murder of her friend turns everything upside down. This is both a stunning and important debut, giving voice to the struggles of African Americans and police brutality. - Sean (QBD)
Just beautiful. Despite being so early in the book, you don't mourn over a sad scene because its just sad but somehow Angie Thomas has succeeded in getting you to connect to the character and love them very much. Never felt before experience in any other book I've read.
Challenges how you think and is just beautiful. Contains some amazing words which are quotes to hold close in your life.
I don’t even know how to start expressing how powerful, poignant and brilliant The Hate U Give is. It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. Pick up this book, read it, take it in, and understand. - Angelique (QBD)
THUG is a phenomenal book that takles the difficult topic of police brutality in America. Starr is stuck between two worlds; her private school in the suburbs where she is the only black girl, and her home in the rundown, all-black community which is stuggling with the death of Starr's friend who was brutaly murdered by police. Heartbreakingly honest but hilarious and heartwarming. A MUST READ! - Eleanor (QBD)
Angie Thomas's novel is a personal reflection on today's current issues regarding race, class, and activism. An emotionally gripping story about a young girl overcoming trauma and trying to find her place in society, this book is the latest must read in YA fiction.
- Talaska (QBD)
This remarkable debut novel from Angie Thomas tackles the symbolic Black Lives Matter movement in all of its power and flurry. I read this book in one day – it's an absolute page-turner that will leave you with questions and answers you didn't have prior to reading it. If there's one book you choose to read right now, choose this one. - Holly (QBD)
Angie Thomas hits an absolute winner in her first piece of YA fiction. Our young narrator/protagonist, Starr, is an inquisitive, thoughtful black girl. Her life is in dichotomy, half spent in Garden Heights, home to crack dealers, drive by shootings and unfortunately, Starr. The other half is spent at Starr's swanky private school on the other side of town. At home she has to pretend to be 'more black' than she feels, and at school, much less. Starr manages to establish some form of equilibrium she is content with, until it happens.
Thomas' characters are wonderfully complex, and meticulously crafted; every point is purposeful, every scene pivotal. This brand new author has produced something important and special, I have no reservations in recommending The Hate U Give. This book will teach you real meaning, as first shared by Tupac, of living a THUG LIFE. I wait in bated breath to read Thomas again in the very near future. - Joshua (QBD)