So this is probably the MOST HYPED book of last year and I think I’m the last
person in the galaxy to read it. WHAT TOOK ME SO DAMN LONG???

IT’S INCREDIBLE. SO WORTH THE HYPE IN EVERY WAY. No joke this book took me out of a 3 month long reading slump. I finished it in 2 SCHOOL DAYS (sorry teachers during whose class I read it in but also not really…I’m so going to fail a test because of this).

Shout out to all the people that joined the buddy read (by Marta the wonderful human) and essentially witnessed my fangirling about this book on Twitter. I know I said that I’ll probably don’t get to finish it but then…it was just too good ok I had to devour it.

Rating :

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!! Hi this is me gently squishing your cheeks and reminding you to READ OWN VOICES REVIEWS FOR THIS BOOK. I am white and I can in no way talk about this in depth since it’s not my place !!

Here’s a list of some:

Breeny @ Breeny’s books  /  Steph’s Rom Book Talk (if you want a different opinion – it’s a 2.5 star review) /  ILivieforBooks  /  BooksAndBigHair

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Ways in which this saved me from a slump:

  • I read like 300 pages IN A DAY. If only I could read books for school that fast.
  • Honestly I laughed so HARD
  • I carried it with me to all the mock exams
  • It was a great thing to hug
  • It’s cuddly
  • It honestly reminded me so much why I loved reading??
  • Thank you book

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– IT’S. UNAPOLOGETIC.

There’s so much culture, the characters speak AAVE (look that UP because it’s so interesting) AND IT’S NEVER EXPLAINED for the poor white people that might be reading this. It’s not written for white people to understand black culture, we never get to sit down and have it explained to us word for word. IT’S WRITTEN WITH PEOPLE IN MIND. And it makes no excuses.

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-The look into American culture.

I didn’t know 80% of the stuff in this one single book. Yes I know about police brutality – though I never understood how guns actually affect day to day lives* OUTSIDE of trading hashtags on Twitter. I can’t imagine the feeling that anyone near me can own a gun or that a policemen can shoot you.

As for racism: I didn’t KNOW how recent and how many and for how long these hurtful actions lasted for. Segregation and institutionalized racism? I just can’t wrap my head around it but I have to because it’s real and if we just ignore it and pretend it never happened we are ignoring history.

*can guns just?? not?? anymore?? sure give people murder weapons and be surprised there’s murder and the still not doing anything to like maybe stop that idk “gungs don’t murder people people murder people” sounds fake but ok

In Europe it’s different (or at least in my very extremely white country it is) but I’ve heard stuff like “Oh they are European they can say the N word because they grew up differently”…..ummm…no?? We all KNOW what it means if you don’t you’re just ignorant and being European is no excuse.

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-THE FAMILY!

I loveee love LOOVE the family. Everyone is so present and so unique and ahhh. I have a soft spot for supportive families.

Starr’s relationship with her mom and dad reminded me so much of my own parents! Which I am very close to!! And yes we argue and I still don’t listen to then all the time (let’s not get TOO ahead of ourselves here I’m still a teenager we have like a secret pact that we have to follow which consist of periodically saying no and being stupid) but we still care about each other a lot.

Also her dynamics with her grandma (I loved the grandma) and her parents being her OTP (soooo cuteeeee) and it just made my weak heart beat a tad.

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“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”

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-THE CHARACTERS!! ARE GREAT!!

You know cardboard tasting, 2D sticker characters? WELL ANGIE THOMAS SAID NO and flipped backwards and made sure that all the characters were complex because she’s amazing like that.

They had lives and felt real and sure they were flawed (like most human beings are remember?) they messed up and they didn’t exist only when we needed them to exist.

One I especially ended up loving was DeVante who was just my smol bean-y son that I was so glad got totally legally adopted by Starr’s parents and you can’t tell me otherwise!

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-Star is a great protagonist.

She’s a sneaker dork, she loves her family, she’s protective, she’s brave, SHE EATS A LOT (thank you book that has girls eating second portions and greasy food THANK YOU), she has a good heart, she’s FUNNY AS HECK, she likes basketball etc.

I loved her and her personality BECAUSE LOOK A MULTI FACETED PROTAGONIST that has interests outside the main plot, quirky stuff they are passionate about outside of school and complex relationships with people.

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– GANGS!

I didn’t know this would be in here. I’ve never read a book that had street gangs and delved into that before. I found that I quite like it even though I DID NOT EXPECT THAT when I first started reading. I didn’t even know what was going on so I was confused for about 50 pages because I SWEAR THE BLURB DIDN’T MENTION THIS WHAT’S HAPPENING HELP?! BUT THEN I got really interested and I started going down Wikipedia wormholes.

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-It is an emotional roller coaster.

This book makes you FEEL ALL THE FEELS! It really has every single emotion and my smol self that possesses only 1 on a particularly fortunate day had to adapt because WOW. It has funny moments (SERIOUSLY THE HUMOR IS GOLD) lulling you into a false sense of security then proceeds to hit you in the feels and makes you unbelievably sad and after a few pages you’re angry and want to burn down a city then you’re happy again. And it’s done so well all through the book.

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“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

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– The writing could sometimes be a biiiit too descriptive.

Don’t get me wrong it really adds to the whole setting overall and Angie uses all the senses like a pro (I appreciate all the food ok I APPRECIATE IT YOU KNOW ME). It helps make the book feel authentic but it can sometimes be a bit much. If it’s pointless and it adds nothing to the overall story – it. doesn’t. have. to. be. there.

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OVERALL: THIS BOOK IS SO SO IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL. IT’S DEFINITELY A MUST READ!

And you know that when you close the book it’s not the end of the story. THIS STUFF IS REAL AND IT STILL HAPPENS TODAY. It makes you think and it make you angry and I think that’s great.

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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.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Goodreads

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Have YOU read this book? Or are YOU being eaten alive by your TBR and don’t even knoe where to start (START WITH THIS IT’S GREAT!!)? What did YOU think of it? Do you know any more #ownvoices review that I could read/watch? Leave them bellow.

LET ME KNOW!

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32 thoughts on “The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // powerful #ownvoices representation

  1. OMG WHAT DID TAKE YOU SO LONG?!!?!?
    NOooo, I joke, I usually feel like I’m last to read some really popular books but I grabbed this one last year and it blew me away, it was SOOOOO good and the fact that it’s becoming a film is even better, they have cast the characters so well!
    I actually forced this book onto my friend to read so I’m really hoping she enjoys it as much as me 😛

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  2. I am so, so happy you finally read this book and that you loved it YAY, it really was an emotional roller coaster, one second making you feel everything and stressed out and scared and half crying, the other making you swoon and laugh and everything with the incredible family ❤ ❤ And YES Starr was an AMAZING protagonist I loved her so much ❤
    Lovely review! 🙂 x

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    1. I KNOW IT TOOK ME SOME TIME RIGHT?? It’s not like all of the world’s population has been telling me to read it since foreverrrr. Ups 😂.

      I was laughing out loud and the next moment I was full on shoked and then back to laughing so hard ANGIE THOMAS REALLY KNOWS HOW TO EMOTION GOOD OK. I didn’t expect the feels but they cameee and it was so good aghhhh. It put me right back into a contemporary mood and I’M LIVING FOR IT!!

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      1. Don’t worry about it haha, sometimes it takes me YEARS to get to the most hyped books, so… I won’t be the one to blame you 😂
        YES CONTEMPORARY MOODS are the beeeeeeest moods 😀

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      2. Oh yes years aka me an hype trains that I never catch BUT I’ve been kinda consistently good at keeping up since joining the bookish community! I’m proud!! It’s not going to last and I know it!! I think it’s better to read what you want whenever though (WHICH RN IS CONTEMPORARY!! gotta devour some contemporary).

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  3. Ummm I’m 1000% sure I beat you as the last person in this universe to read this book because I haven’t read it *sobs* I mean, I want to but the hype and the size of my tbr really overwhelmed me. Tbh it’s definitely the hype that scares me, this book carries such an important message and story what if I didn’t like it? I’m okay with being a black sheep most of the time but I’m really really scared if I didn’t enjoy this because I feel ignorant etc just because I didn’t enjoy this book 😦

    One day, though, I will still get to it. Great review, Ioana!

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    1. THANK YOUUU ❤️!!

      I was kinda worried about the hype too because I am also alergic to it but I PROMISE IT’S GREAT! Just go into it expecting a good book and nothing more (it’s what I did!!) I actually ended up convincing myself I wouldn’t like it because of the hype so my expectations were lower (DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?? DOES ANYONE ELSE DO THIS TO HYPE OR IS IT JUST ME??)! I didn’t like all of it completely and I said that but it’s still a pretty darn good book!

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  4. This review is so lovely!! You did a greater job than I coud at reviewing this beautiful book! ❤ I so agree with you about the humour, it was sooo great! Also this book was so full of important themes 😍 our country is kind of ignorant about all this, they always praise America and never point out its flaws (not even now with Trump). 😒

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    1. Thank youu!! I’m glad I found so many ownvoices reviews though?? I’M SUPER HAPPY WITH THAT!! Also thank YOU for making the club in the first place it was fun!
      I actually think America is weird and they must be some kind of aliens tbh. How can they not have trams and roundabouts but THEY HAVE GUNS?? whaaaat

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      1. I’m so glaaad I got to read THUG along with you ❤❤❤ it was amazing!
        Their gun control laws are absolutely absent and it’s awful. I’ve heard they might raise the age up to 21 years old. But I still feel so weird about this because I’ve seen them having actual markets where they sell guns. Do people even have to go to a psychologist to get a permit for using a weapon?? It’s all so messed up.

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      2. I DON’T KNOWWW IT’S STRANGEE. The gun laws in America freak me out. I was so shocked when I heard that at the last shooting (LAST SHOOTING IS A THING NOW YOU KNOW WE HAVE TO DIFFERENCIATE BETWEEN SHOOTINGS) kids my age were sending last text messages to their parents. I told my mom and she looked positively horrified.
        I don’t understand I really don’t. I don’t even want to go there because I’m scared. How can you not need a permit to own a gun?!

        And I was glad I got to read along with you too ❤️!!!

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  5. I’m so glad you liked it! Honestly, I just glanced a bit on the comment under the video with the two stars rating and since I cringed a lot, I decided that is better to skip. Looks like it missed the point a lot. I’m a bit surprised that people consider this books as not important.. Many teens felt this books so near to them that should be taken into consideration. And like, so many Europeans literally remain in “wtf mode” when this book illustrate racism in America. If this is not important…. Plus the representation.
    And also this should open auto introspection to our own country. Like Italy is hella racist. White people hit and even kill black people here too, with lesse frequency. But they do.

    Yes, I’m super petty about this.

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  6. That book was(is) amazing, and so is your review. DeVante was also one of my favourites, along with Khalil, for some spoiler-y reasons. The gangs were very strange and new and confusing, for the first part, at least.
    America has some h u g e problems with guns right now. Mostly people are complaining “it violates the second amement”, which, seems off, because who needs to defend themselves with a mass murder weapon?
    In better news, the March For Our Lives was recently.

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    1. THANK YOUUUU!!

      DeVante is my smol bean son tbh by the end I absolutely loved him to tiny bits.
      Gun laws confuse me greatly America. It’s strange that people can own a gun whenever they so like. I don’t agree with it at all but I’m glad teens are marching for change. That’s good. It gives me hope.

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  7. I absolutely loved it too and thought it was SO important and love that more #ownvoices books like this are coming out!! Definitely one that’s worth the hype eeep. And Starr was so relatable and also adorkable. And her dad with the Harry Potter moment. 😂😂 SO funny. And I’m also not American so it was good to read about what things are like there? I feel like this kind of dialogue is not often discussed in YA. I can’t wait for Angie Thomas’ next book!!

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    1. YES I’m loving all the #ownvoices books coming out!! Since I’ve joined the bookblogosphere all my hauls have been so diverse and I’m so happy and it’s so so important and I squeeee!!!
      The whole book was hilarious Angie has a great sense of humour 😂. It was grand I laughed out loud so many times.
      It was also interesting to read about America since I didn’t know half of the things and there was stuff I didn’t even expect not to know?? Like?? The houses?? And how people act?? I never see those on the Internet?? And here it was in a smol book and it reminded me why I read : to discover life from other perspectives!

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