After reading this, I can see why The Hate U Give has been on the NYT Bestsellers List for about a decade (only a slight exaggeration). The Hate U Give is important, topical, and so powerful, and it deserves all the hype it has been getting. I read it in less than a day, partly because I was challenged to, and partly because it’s an incredibly gripping read.
I have to say, it took me a while to get used to the dialogue in this book. There’s a lot of slang and local dialect going on, and, obviously, being from England, it’s entirely different to what I’m used to. However, by “a while”, I mean about forty pages, if not less. The writing itself is captivating, and by the halfway point I stopped getting pulled out of the story by the dialogue and just rolled with it.
Starr is a wonderful protagonist. I loved how Thomas showed her battling with two different sides of herself, and I loved how Starr overcame her inner conflict. She was a really interesting character to read about, and definitely a memorable one.
The relationships in this book were my favourite things. Starr’s parents are a legit OTP, Starr and her siblings had the best relationships, and then there were the various relationships between Starr and her friends, and Starr’s siblings and other family members.
I don’t have anything to add that other people haven’t already said, really. I cried, the book was great, and I’d definitely read it again. I’m looking forward to reading whatever Angie Thomas comes out with next, because if it’s up to this standard then I know I’m going to love it.