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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is young adult fiction at its finest – it is real, it is raw, emotional, hilarious at times, and so poignant that when I had finished it, I couldn’t pick up another book for the rest of the day (a big deal for me).

This book was inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement. In this, her debut novel, Angie Thomas expertly expresses every emotion, every heartache, every heinous injustice felt by the people affected in the movement, all through her main character Starr. Reading Starr and her family as characters is like having a conversation with a real person about the issues presented in the book – Thomas has written them so perfectly that I feel like I know them personally. Starr’s parents are some of the most wonderfully written parents I have ever come across – I’m sick of parents in YA novels being portrayed as clueless, hurtful, uninvolved, etc. Starr’s parents are everything you’d expect the parents of a 16 year old girl to be. It is beyond refreshing.

One of the main themes throughout the book is a notion that Tupac Shakur devised (on another note – I always love it when facts from our world are juxtaposed into the AU of the novel!), and that is the definition of Thug Life. “’Pac said Thug Life stood for ‘The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody’…Meaning what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out. Get it?” The fact that Thomas named the book after Tupac’s definition should show how important she feels it is, and that is definitely portrayed throughout the book.

Thomas’ closing remark from her acknowledgements is a good note to leave on, and an indication of how you should expect to feel after putting this book down; “And to every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” (Starr’s neighbourhood) of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses in the concrete."

Gemma Henderson

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University Bookshop stocks all texts for University of Auckland, AUT and Unitec courses. We can also procure any textbook for any University, contact us if you have any queries. We offer a number of services for students and give a discount off the RRP / List Price on most titles. For further information on our services for students please click here.

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