It’s been awhile since I wrote a review, as a matter of fact it’s been awhile since a post anything in this blog. And even then some continue to follow and like my old posts, thank you for that.
THUG was my most anticipated YA release of the first half of the year. It was going to be the first book I read about the Black Lives Matter movement, something I’ve heard of before but never really deep into it. As a non-USA citizen I’m not up to date with all the problems affecting that country but discriminitation and lack of opportunities is a global problem.
So yeah, THUG jumped right into the top of my TBR once it was published.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray
on February 28, 2017
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, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. 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 destroy her community. It could also endanger her life
This might not be an own-voices novel but it is inspired but real events that took place in 2010, that’s when Thomas first thought about writing a book like this. So, no it wasn’t intended after the last USA election when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named won. This book tells a story more important than a single man.
THUG is about Starr, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in the worst part of her city because her father refuse to move out saying that he wants to help her community from the inside, but at the same time Starr attends a fancy prep school, Williamson High School. She knows how to be two very different girls, the Starr from Garden Heights, Big Mav’s daughter who works at the store, and Williamson Starr, the only black girl in her class trying too hard to fit in.
Williamson Starr doesn’t use slang, she doesn’t say it even if her white friends do. Williamson Starr holds her tongue whe people piss her off so nobody thiks she is “angry black girl”. Basically Williamson Starr doesn’t give anyone a reason to call her guetto.
But that division is wrecked after she witness the murder of his best friend, Khalil -his unarmed black best friend -at the hands of a white cop.
The Hate U Give is more than a well-written emotional book. And at the same time is more than the social/political message it sends. THUG will be timeless, it will overcome all trendings in YA novels. It was a story that needed to exist to give us the perspective we were lacking of. To teach us.
Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter.
Be roses that grow in concrete.
Though, THUG was about Starr and how she overcomes her fear to speak up for herself and Khalil and fight for justice. Her family, white friends and boyfriend play a important role in giving context to this story. The way Angie Thomas portrayed those relationships was anything but a cliche.
“What is Tumblr anyway? Is it like Facebook? ”
“No, and you’re not allowed to get one. No parents allowed. You guys already took over Facebook.”
“You haven’t responded my friend request yet.”
“I need Candy Crush lives.”
“That’s why I’ll never respond.”
Did I love THUG? It’s more than liking or loving it. It has giving me so much, it has made me think, it has feeling a gap in my reader life. As I said before it is more than just a well-written novel and it has to be read by everyone.