Hello people! Between living in a literal construction zone while my fiance flips our house, and planning/entirely procrastinating our wedding, I haven’t been reviewing nearly as much as I would like to. I need two of me, but I’m not quite sure this world is ready for two Gretchens…. things would burn, people would die. Shut up and act like I never left.
The past few months as I’ve been casually scrolling through my bookstagram to avoid planning our wedding (told you, I’m not lying), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was the subject of 70% of the images I found. Instantly intrigued. Also, the cover is cute as fuck. So naturally, I purchased the book immediately and flew through it in about two days, because nerd. You guys… dis book. It’s one of the novels you begin reading and then proceed to immediately text all of the fellow book-addicts in your phone, making sure they buy it literally that second so they can share the adventure alongside you. That happened with this book, and trust me when I say there is no feeling more exciting for someone who loves stories as much as I do. The Hate U Give even has a 4.63 star rating on Goodreads. I’ve never seen a star rating that high, because Goodreads is filled with cynical assholes like myself, who no matter how much they enjoy a book will always believe it could have been better. Except for this 444-page wonder. Seriously.
The story follows Starr Carter, a sixteen-year old teenager who constantly switches between two worlds: the poor, “ghetto” neighborhood she lives in, and the fancy prep school her parents send her to. Although she had successfully maintained this balance since a young age, everything is completely torn apart when she witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. The story follows Starr as she is put on trial as the star witness and in turn, gives you an entirely different perspective on situations similar to the one she has found herself in. I demand that this book be required reading for people of all ages. It helps you to see the other side of any story, and is beyond eye-opening. I truly believe people can mentally grow just by reading this story. Everyone could use this little lesson in empathy.
Buy the book. Read the book. Talk to me about the book. Talk to everyone about the book. Tell your sisters, your brothers, you parents, your cousins, your everybodies. Talk about it. As Starr Carter would say, your voice is the only weapon that works. So use it.
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XOXO ♥ G