Reasons why The Hate You Give deserves zero hate and all the love (!!!)

Just a preface: I cannot express enough HOW AMAZING this book is. 

Hello everyone and I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend!! (I AM SO GRATEFUL YOU HAVE NO IDEA.)  I’m trying to be a bit more consistent with my schedule, going for around 2-3 posts for week, so here I am with a little* review (I’ve been reading so little books lately that I’m actually not behind for my reviews this month??) on the book I just finished last night, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas!

I have, like, a ton of pressure right now because this book has been SO HYPED for so long in the book community, and it deserves that hype so much I am really worried I won’t be able to do it justice haha. But I’ll try????

*HAHAHA understatement in case you didn’t notice… (Oops?)


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): Contemporary (Young-Adult)
Series Status: NA – Stand Alone
Page Count: 464
Source & Format: Owned, hardcover, ebook

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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 upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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A story that is heartbreaking, hopeful and utterly REAL.

Most of you probably already know this, but THUG is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which is SO IMPORTANT and I loved how Angie Thomas nailed this. It was never once preachy, but very firm in its message and altogether so perfectly pieced together you can’t help but feel the profound impact of what is not only happening in this book, but what is very much the reality for a lot of people. This book deals with SO MANY heavy (but so so crucial) topics like racism, white privilege and corrupt justice systems that allow police officers to get away with shooting an innocent man just because the officer is white and the victim is black. (UGHHHHHHH. *cries*)

A book like this, isn’t meant to be comforting, cute and happy. It’s meant to be real, and maybe that means you may be uncomfortable, but mostly you will be 100% overwhelmed with heartbreak and emotions. Yet, it is not meant to be a sob story. Not fully, anyway. Most of all, you find hope. Grief, anger and all those emotions are there too, but HOPE. One of the biggest things I felt after all of it, and it was just SO PRECIOUS.

DIVERSITY & FAMILY: YESSSSS!!

If you’re looking for a diverse read (obviously you are because diversity is the best thing ever and we need more of it always), THIS BOOK IS IT. It’s #ownvoices (*squeal*) and although I’m not black, I know many people who’ve praised and adored the rep in this book because of how spot-on it was. Seeing others being able to relate to Starr, in different areas, just goes on to show how important this book is, and it’s most definitely not exclusive to black people. It makes me so happy to see this promotion of diversity and marginalized voices because ahhhhhhhh it’s just so important and this book is definitely one of the best out there.

We’re moving into characters territory soon: THE FAMILY HERE IS SO AMAZING I CAN’T. I really really really want to see more of positive family relationships in books and this one was so, so, so perfect. I’m getting repetitive, I know. But seriously:

  • Starr and her mother’s relationship was SO GREAT, despite misunderstandings they both know they love eachother and her mother would do anything for her and just I’m falling in love with this book all over again
  • Starr’s dad was the most flawed dad I’ve seen in a long time and yet (or because of it) he was one of the best fathers I’ve seen, despite his flaws. He cares so much about Starr, but is so insecure at the same time because he missed a lot of her childhood when he was in jail. But he’d do just about anything to keep his family safe… AGH the feels. ❤
  • Starr’s older brother Seven was such a sweetheart and so brotherly !! I actually loved him so much, his love for his younger siblings (Starr’s half siblings) was so touching and heartbreaking.
  • Younger sibling Sekani was a little devious munchkin who never failed to make me smile ?! I’ve had to deal with my own likes of him in the form of my younger sister and it just was so great to read.

Other notes:

  • Starr has one of the bestest relationships ever with her parents and basically considers them her OTP and it is the most adorable thing ever because her parents are just that awesome
  • Despite everything that goes on, there is still fabulous banter and humour that has me smiling despite the tougher topics it deals with. That night in the living room debating over who’s going to win for basketball games which involve Starr’s mom teasingly depriving Starr of ice cream (I KNOW. So savage.) give me lifeee!
  • Uncle Carlos is absolutely amazing and no one can ever say otherwise haha. His love for Starr and her family is unreal and just so beautiful. (!!!)

Where all the characters shine on their own

This review is getting SO LONG, I’m sorry!! Almost done, I promise. But this review would be horribly incomplete if I did not mention how spectacular the characters are. Starr felt so real to me, her hopes, her grief, her struggles (facing against silence, injustice, and even just fitting in her two worlds), and never once did I stop rooting for her. What she’s been through was so heartbreaking to read, and I could feel each and everyone one of her emotions–side praise for awesome writing that makes you feel alllll the things. ❤

But even apart from Starr, although this is definitely first and foremost her story, never once did I feel the secondary characters weren’t just as important. Khalil, for one thing, was made so real in my head despite only showing up for a little bit of pages at the start before his untimely death. His memory lived on, and through that I got to know his character more and more and my heart just BREAKS. And Starr also happens to have female friends???! GASP. It’s something that should me so common I don’t blink yet it’s not? She has an Asian friend, Jess who is the absolute best. ❤ DeVante is a precious little child, as is CHRIS. I feel like he wasn’t developed as much, yet at the same time he totally was?? I loved the exploration of a healthy interracial relationship (Chris is white.) He was so supportive of Starr (when he rapped the theme song of Fresh Prince for Starr my heart melted) and although he was a tad naive in certain aspects of Starr’s life, she corrected him and he did his best. Can someone get me a Chris?


Okay, so…

basically if this book is not already on your immediate TBR, I don’t know what else to tell you.

This book has: amazing familial relationships (!!!!!) and friendships, [proper] diversity rep from an #ownvoices author, characters that feel so real that you’re basically BFFs, HOPE despite the darkness and heartbreak, and spreading awareness about the injustice of our society. Not your sweet, cute contemporaries, but one that is infinitely worth reading no matter what your preference is in books! Such an important read that will stay with me forever, a must-read for everyone. ❤

I hope you guys all enjoyed that review, I really am sorry for the length haha I just wanted to share every thought I had! Have you read this book? Do you plan to? (The only answer is yes at this point honestly. :P) Let me know in the comments!

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27 thoughts on “Reasons why The Hate You Give deserves zero hate and all the love (!!!)

  1. I REALLY REALLY need to read THUG! It is at the top of my TBR, and I am impatiently waiting until the moment I can get my hands on it. It’s the most hyped book of 2017, in my opinion, and from what I’ve heard and seen, it’s correctly hyped. I’m soooo excited to read this, especially as a POC myself. #diversity!

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  2. This is a great review Analee, and this sounds like an amazingly incredible book too! 😀 ❤ I have THUG on my to-read list for next week and I am so excited to get around to it myself (it took me way longer than I care to admit to realise the initials of this book spelt the word thug, like way longer). Honestly I can't get over how incredible your review has made this book sound, if I didn't have something I needed to get done tomorrow I'd be picking it up and getting started on it right this second. 🙂 It's great to see more diverse books out there and I love the relationships you've described Starr having with her family.
    Amazing review for this book, I hope I end up enjoying it as much as you did! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you, Beth! ❤ It really is. My praises are endless! I am so excited for you to read it ahah, and can't wait to read your thoughts on it! Haha I get youuuuu that happens to me all the time. The title has such a great message behind it though as well, that's revealed in the book and there's a reason why it spells out thug. 😉 That's me with Strange the Dreamer and all the other books you've read and loved ahah. ❤ I'm so glad my review makes you want to read (even more than before, I mean) because this book is SO WORTH IT. Starr's relationship with her family, her friends was so beautiful and I have a feeling you'll love it!
      Thank you, I hope so too! 😀

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      • That’s all right! 😀 ❤ I'll try and get around to it soon then. There's just one more book I need to read first and then it will be onto THUG. I'm not the most observant person when it comes to details like that, and yeah I assumed there was some kind of meaning behind it when I finally noticed it.
        Well I hope you feel about Strange the Dreamer the way I'm bound to feel about this book, I honestly can't wait to get started and find out why everyone seems to be raving about it! 😀 ❤

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  3. Ah, I loved this book so much as well! This was the first contemporary I’d read in months, and it was so worth it! Everything about this book was just so wonderful, and I know that it was pretty spot-on for me (I’m black myself), and I just loved al the family relationships; they were just so wonderful and beautiful, and Starr was one of the best protagonists ever and felt SO REAL! I could sing praises about this book forever, honestly. ❤

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    • Yayyyy that’s so great to hear, Mikaela! Wasn’t it just amazing?! Ahah, totally worth it. I’m glad to hear that you thought it was spot-on! Diversity and rep done right haha. ❤ Oh yes, the family relationships were so beautiful and I love Starr's family SO MUCH. Starr is one of my favourite protagonists everrr in a contemporary! Haha SAME, it's just so good.

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  4. Such a great review, Analee! ❤ I can't wait to get my hands on this book, though I am a little bit nervous about it, I think this book is the moooost hyped book in the history of ever or something haha, but it sounds so amazing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this one ❤

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  5. I NEED THIS BOOK. LIKE RIGHT NOW. NOT THAT I HAVE TIME TO READ IT BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER I NEED IT. Honestly the only criticism I’ve seen is from racists callign the book racist against white people lmao

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      • Yes it’s definitely a must read!! It’s my most anticipated read of the year. Thankfully my birthday is coming up sooo… 😛 if I don’t have the money before then I can wait another month. I mean, I’ve been waiting for so long now I can wait a few more weeks. I don’t have much time to read anyway 😂

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  6. You just made me want to read this book even more, Analee!! I need to get out of this contemporary slump so that I can read all of the contemporary books I have on my list. Hopefully I’m able to get around to it soon. Lovely review as always! 😊

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  7. […] CUE CHEERS for a character featured from a contemporary novel!! Honestly, there should totally be more… either I haven’t read as many of them, or my brain is slow and I just didn’t think of them. (OOPS in the second case but I mean?? I’m a goldfish, how fast are their our brains anyway.) Nonetheless, Starr is legitimately one of the best characters out there ever, and such an absolute queeeeeen omg someone give her a crown PLEASE. If you haven’t read this yet: YOU MUST. […]

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