GOOD MORNING FELLOW BOOK LOVERS!
Welcome back to another post about another amazing book. As many of you may know, The Hate U Give, also know as THUG, by New York Times Bestselling author Angie Thomas, was selected for our March BOTM for The YA Room, which I help host with Sarah.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of this stellar book, which has been number one on the NYT Bestselling Young Adult HB for the LAST NINE WEEKS!!!!!!!
THAT’S RIGHT, YOU HEARD ME! NUMBER ONE, NUMERO UNO! FOR NINE WEEKS!!!!!
The Hate U Give follows sixteen year old Starr and her struggle for finding her voice. You see, Starr witnesses something horrible,
the death the murder of her best friend Khalil. Khalil was unarmed when he was shot by a police officer in a quite street. Khalil was shot by someone whose job is to protect people. And now it’s up to Starr to defend her friend. But what if telling the truth puts herself in danger?
The Hate U Give was published by Walker Books in March 2017, and has already been signed for a movie production.
THUG was inspired by the #BlackLiveMatter movement, which started trending on social medias, such as twitter and tumblr, nearly five years ago. This hashtag was created in a response to the attacks and police brutality people of color encountered all over the world. It was also created to DEFEND the innocence of all the sons, daughters, mothers and fathers that were being silenced by those who are meant to protect us.
Still going strong and growing everyday, the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement has been educating teenagers and adults alike, and has helped their voices grow.
I think it’s super important to read such a powerful novel that holds such authenticity and such moving words, especially if you’ve never been around such brutality. I live in the city of Melbourne, and have never once seen or experienced any brutality. I’m lucky enough to live in a world were I can go to Police for help. Thomas’ novel shows us that not everyone is so lucky.
Having lived in Australia, in a city voted ‘most livable’ over and over again, I’ve always felt pretty safe. I’ve never had to worry that I was going to be randomly stopped and body searched, or be randomly pulled over and drugged tested. And I’ve never feared police officers, let alone threatened by one.
Thomas’ writes her story in such a way that the reader feels Starr’s fear, shares her loss and frustration. During her novel, there were countless times when I had to remind myself that Starr was just a character, and THUG was just a story. That was, until I remembered it’s not just a story, and it has never just been a novel. Thomas uses real people and events to create her story, to create depth and meaning. One particular name is mentioned throughout the novel, and it wasn’t until I read the authors note that I realised this name wasn’t just another character either.
Thomas doesn’t just discuss police brutality, she also tackles racism and stereotypes. A part of the book follows racial slurs made by a friend of Starr, and what confronted me most was the thought of the racial slurs I may make without realising it, or as a “joke.”
It’s diverse and own voices novel.
Angie Thomas uses her unique way of writing as well as her own experiences to help create this novel. The fact that this novel was written by an own voice writer added an extra layer of authenticity and realism. This was definitely one of the reasons THUG has remained a NYT Bestseller, people want representation, and they need it too.
One of the questions we asked at our March BOTM meeting was, if THUG was written by a white author, would you still have picked up? Even if it was authentic and true to what police brutality is life? And to be honest, it would be hard to say. If the book gained a good reputation, maybe I would have picked it up . . . Eventually. I wouldn’t have picked it up and read it straight away like I did with this novel, even if it was as true and as powerful, to me it just might not feel . . . the same?
If you need a few more reasons
It’s moving, it’s heartbreaking, powerful, honest and AMAZING! Plus, Angie Thomas is literally the coolest author! She even let The YA Room interview her! That’s right, you heard me! Angie Thomas let the lil ol’ YA Room interview her.
If you want to check that out, here’s the link! We’ve slowly been adding more videos to our channel and love interacting with you all!
Also, here’s our THUG Wrap Up!
Thank you for sticking around! Have you read The Hate U Give? What did you think? This powerful piece was definitely an amazing 5 stars for me, and I will for sure be recommending it to everyone and anybody.
Until next time,