“Take a Peek” book reviews are short and (possibly) sweet, keeping the commentary brief and providing a little peek at what the book’s about and what I thought.
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.
I don’t think there’s anything I can say about The Hate U Give that hasn’t already been said. Released early in 2017, The Hate U Give has generated a tremendous amount of buzz, has been nominated for and won numerous literary awards, and won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Young Adult Fiction and Debut Author. Now that I’ve finally read the book, I can add my voice to the raves and say with certainty that all the praise is absolutely deserved.
The Hate U Give is a raw, unfiltered look inside a life and a world that people of privilege never see. It’s an eye-opening, upsetting, deeply human look at the costs of violence, prejudice, and brutality. Main character Starr leads us through her double life, letting us see the conflicts she faces on a daily basis as she tries to navigate her neighborhood and her school. The entire book is engaging and impossible to put down. Where it really excels is by showing us, through the power of fiction, what the lives behind the headlines look like, and how the victim of violence is too often labeled a thug or a criminal when what truly matters is the person’s life being unjustly ended.
I’m so glad that I finally read The Hate U Give, and will be pushing it on my family and friends. Everyone should read this book.
I’m really looking forward to the movie version as well.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Length: 453 pages
Genre: Young adult fiction
10 thoughts on “Take A Peek Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”
This sounds like the most amazing book! I have it on my shelf and cannot wait to pick it up, will definitely be sooner rather than later!
thank you for your review!
Thanks for the nice comment! I hope you read this book soon — would love to hear your reaction!
I absolutely loved THUG when I read it last year. Meeting Angie Thomas was definitely a huge highlight last year. I’m also very much looking forward to the movie and will be taking a lot of tissues with me as I’m bound to cry!
Oh, wow, you got to meet her? Lucky you!
I did and she was SO lovely. I loved listening to her talk, she was super interesting.
Since finishing the book, I looked up a few articles and interviews about her. Really fascinating. I love hearing about how debut authors got their start and their inspirations.
I am guilty of still not having read this one! It has been on my TBR for over a year. I’m determined to get to it before the movie comes out because I like to read books before seeing the movie. Great review ❤
Thank you! I’m so glad I finally read it, especially with the movie coming out. I hope you get to it soon!
Ooooh, I didn’t realize a movie was coming out, exciting. I did read the book. Love it!
So good! I really can’t wait to see the movie.