Book Review: The Hate U Give

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Add this to the pile of “Books I Should Have Read Sooner and Now am Kicking Myself for Not Doing it.” I’ll be honest, one of the reasons why I put this book off for so long is I was worried it was going to be so sad I wouldn’t be able to get through it. The reason why I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, literary fiction or basically anything that is not in the fantasy genre is for some reason when there is a character death it’s harder for me to deal with.

While any character death is sad, I think with fantasy there’s that disconnect because it’s a “made up” realm or land. Whereas with a book in the contemporary or literary fiction genre it’s more realistic because it takes place in our world. Does this make sense? You know what I mean?


The Hate U Give is a MUST read, and honestly should be required reading in every school.

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what the book is about, The Hate U Give, follows 16 year-old Starr Carter’s journey after she witnesses her childhood best friend get shot and killed by a police officer. It’s a journey of self-discovery while dealing with loss in a very traumatic and criminal way. 

The Hate U Give is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and it’s flawlessly executed. Thomas does an amazing job giving multitudes of layers to all of her characters and even her locations seem to be characters of themselves. It’s hard to believe this was her debut novel. 

If you haven’t read this book, go out RIGHT THIS SECOND and scoop this up. You will laugh, you will cry, you will have hope while feeling helpless all at once. 

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  1. Wonderful review Kacey. I actually got this out of the library once, then had to return it without reading it. I too thought it would be very sad, I shall get my name on the list and try again.

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