Book review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas reviewed by a 14yo bloggerTitle: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Walker Books

About the book: Starr, 16, lives in two worlds: the rich high school where she attends school, and the poor neighbourhood where she was raised. When she is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend, the two worlds collide, and what she does next could destroy her local community.

What I thought: This was one of the best books I have read all year. The characters, particularly that of Starr, a black teenager, continued to develop throughout the novel, and this drove the plot forward, keeping me telling myself ‘just one more page’.

The book tackled topics such as racism and social hierarchies, but presented them in a relatively easy-to-understand manner, and while delivering very serious and relevant issues, managed to stay entertaining, and even funny in places.

I would recommend his book for ages 14+, as it deals with drug use, shootings and violence, and other mature themes.

Buy ‘The Hate U Give’ at Booktopia.

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I'm a 15-year-old Aussie boy who loves to read. My favourite books include 'Jasper Jones', 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The Lord Of The Rings'. My website contains reviews of books from junior fiction to YA novels and, now, adult reads as well. I only review books I like. My brother writes younger reviews for Book Boy as Book Boy Jr. My book reviews have appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, and on sites such as Children's Books Daily, Creative Kids Tales and Inside A Dog. I am a former member of the #LoveOzYA committee (2018).

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