6 Reasons To Read THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas


Hey guys! It’s Trina and today I’m going to be talking
about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is a 2017 debut novel which came out
in March and I loved this book to pieces. I gave it a 5 star rating and so far this year
it is the best book that I have read. In this video I’m going to tell you guys what
the book is about in case you haven’t heard about it yet, and then I’m going to give you
a few reasons why I think you should read it, and then at the end I’ll give a brief
review of this book’s quality as a debut novel. The Hate U Give is a story about our main
character named Starr who is a black teenager living in a poor neighborhood but she actually
commutes to go to a private school where most of the students are white and she’s one of
the very few black students that attends. Starr is coming home from a party one night,
she is riding in the car with one of her childhood best friends, Khalil, and Khalil is pulled
over because his car has a busted taillight. The situation escalates and the police officer
that pulls them over, who was a white man, ends up shooting and killing Khalil. This police officer’s side of the story says
that he felt his life was being threatened and he thought that they were going to pull
a gun on him but Starr was in the car and she knows that there was no gun, and they
were not threatening the officer, and they were trying to cooperate with him but Starr
has to decide if she wants to speak up and use her voice to talk about what really happened
because the media has already started painting Khalil as just like a basic thug. As you can probably tell, this book was inspired
by the #BlackLivesMatter movement and there’s so much more going on in this book than that
but that is really the thing that sets off this book and the whole rest of the story. This is an #ownvoices book, which means that
the main character and the author are both black women, so the representation of race in this book comes from a place of experience with the author. And I do want to encourage you guys, please
look up some #ownvoices reviewers for this book that can talk to you guys more about
the representation of it. There are a couple of BookTubers that I follow
that I know have done an individual video review for The Hate U Give. I know India from BooksAndBigHair has done
one, and so has Kashawn from TheBookArcher. I’ll put links to their reviews down in the
description of mine and I highly encourage you to check out their reviews. Now I want to give you guys 6 reasons why
you should read it. If you like books that explore these themes, or these ideas, this is probably one that you would enjoy. So, the first reason I think you should pick
this book up is because it is super relevant. Like I said, it was inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter
movement and I think that if you are on social media in any aspect, or even if you watch
the news and you see these stories of minorities who are being shot and killed by police for
something really basic like a traffic stop, whether or not you are familiar with these
news stories and with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I think that this book is really
information, and relevant, and relateable. If you already know what these movements are
all about, I think you will really relate to this story, but if you aren’t familiar
with why all these hashtags exist and why this keeps happening, and you don’t know why
there’s a controversy between #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter I also think this book
is really informative at explaining why the #BlackLivesMatter movement is very important. I really think everyone will get something out of this book and that it really speaks to current events. The second reason I think you will like this
one is if you like books that are very empowering. This story is all about finding your voice,
and I really loved the emphasis on your voice is the best weapon that you have. I loved watching Starr struggle with how she
wanted to use her voice because she had some very real and valid reasons on why she might
not want to speak up, and then throughout the story you see her learning what she wants
to do and the stand that she wants to take. So, it’s definitely a very empowering story
all about finding your voice. Reason number three why I think you would
like this book is if you enjoy books that are all about staying true to yourself. So in the summary like I told you guys, Starr
lives in a poor neighborhood and she goes to a private school full of rich white kids
and she leads two different lives. At home in her neighborhood, in her community,
she feels like she is her real self but when she’s at school she feels like she’s a different
person. Like, she has these different elements to
her own personality that she kind of tries to hide. She feels like she can’t speak out about all
of the things that she wants to because then people would just see her as the “angry black girl.” She even has two totally separate friend groups
that she doesn’t let overlap very much and over the course of this story Starr starts
to learn how to merge her two lives together and just be herself fully. The fourth reason that I think you would enjoy
this book is the way that it handles friendships. Starr has a lot of really supportive friends
in her life, but one of the things I loved most about this book is it actually takes
a toxic friendship and it approaches that in a very healthy way. In a lot of books, I feel like whenever there
is a toxic friendship it’s not really presented as toxic, it’s just kind of presented as well
they’re just mean girls, that’s just how things are. Or it’s like exploring the loss of a friendship
after that’s happened. But The Hate U Give is actually showing us
the process of a friendship that used to be very close starting to deteriorate throughout the course of the story and how Starr wants to handle that. Starr and her mom have a really great heart
to heart about friendships that I really enjoyed and just seeing Starr weigh this friendship
and what her friend’s actions are doing, I just really appreciated how this book looked
at a toxic friendship and I think that is something that I want to see more of in YA books because friendships do end and sometimes they are toxic. The fifth reason why I think you should read
this book is if you love books with a very very strong family dynamic. Both of Starr’s parents play a very large
role in her life and in the story. She has siblings, a grandmother, an aunt and
uncle who helped raise her, cousins, and even her entire community who’s basically treated
like family. I really loved the family and the community aspect and the dynamic between all of them in this book. I thought it was so strong and it made everything
just feel so so real. If you love books that explore a character
and who they are because of where they come from and because of their family and the influence
that they had in their life, this is definitely a book I think you would enjoy. And reason number six why I think you would like this book is if you like books that give you all the feels. And I’m not kidding. I mean ALL of the feels. It’ll make you laugh out loud, it will make you cry. It will make you so angry and then so happy. This book does it all. I really feel like that is a mark of great
writing, so if you love books that are a full emotional journey, this is definitely one
I think you will love. So those are six things that I think that
if you look for those topics in books or you like books that explore those, I definitely
think you will enjoy The Hate U Give. Now I want to talk more about it as a 2017
debut. I’ve come up with a list of questions that I ask myself about the debuts that I’m reading, so I’m just going to go through those really quickly. The first question that I am asking myself
about the debuts I read this year is why did I pick it up and did it deliver what it said it would? I picked this book up simply because of the hype. Hype is something that will make me interested
in a book and this one was getting a lot of hype and a lot of press, it got a ton of starred
reviews very very early on, so I had known about this book for a really long time and
I definitely wanted to read it and see if it was worth all of that hype. And the answer of did it deliver? It definitely did. I thought it stood up to all of that hype. I was not disappointed. The second debut question I have is did this
book feel like the author’s first work? And the simple answer to that is no way. The writing, the world building in terms of
like bringing this community, this neighborhood, and this school to life, and the characterization,
even the side characters – Angie Thomas has built such a highly developed world and characters
and story, and she does not feel like a debut author! She feels like a seasoned pro. Her writing is phenomenal and she has written so many different types of scenes and different vibes in this book. She goes from writing a shooting, to a day
at school, to a basketball game, to a funeral, to riots and protests, to a family dinner,
to prom and she does all of these things without even missing a beat. It really is one of the deepest, most well developed, realest, and more relateable books that I have ever read. The next question for this debut that I have is does this book make me want to read more by this author? And that answer is a resounding yes. I will absolutely read Angie Thomas’s next
book. I don’t even need to know what it is about. I do know that she has a book deal and I think
she has said it is set in the same neighborhood as The Hate U Give but it’s not like a direct sequel. I will be reading that book. It is going to be an auto-read book for me
because I really loved her writing and the storytelling so much! It was incredible. I will definitely be reading her next book,
and probably the one after that, and the one after that. And finally I want to end this
video by just saying do I recommend this book? Absolutely. I would recommend this book to anybody. I think anyone could get something out of
it, be it an informative story, or be it a very relateable story, and I really just loved it. There was not a SINGLE thing about this book
that I did not like. I definitely, absolutely recommend this book
without hesitation. I loved it. I hope that this video has let you guys know more about this book and whether or not you want to pick it up. I really hope that you do, and if you do,
or if you already have read it, please come back and let me know what you thought of it because I would love to discuss it with you further. If you have any other questions about this
book, or the content, the story, the characters, that I did not cover please ask that in the
comments and I will let you know the answer there. Thank you guys so much for watching and I
will see you in the comments. Bye! [music only]

38 thoughts on “6 Reasons To Read THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

  1. hi Trina Ive heard about it a lot of times I am going to read it very soon
    well I have just became you Goodreads friend called Mahi farwaha

  2. I watched his video nodding and agreeing the whole time. This book was phenomenal and my only regret with it is that I read it from the library and for the borrowathon which means I read it faster and didn't get to tab or annotate in the book. I will be purchasing and rereading this book so I can do that, though. This book was phenomenal and I was so impressed with Angie's writing. I've already been recommending it to everyone I know and on my channel. ๐Ÿ’œ

  3. I loved your review and glad you liked the book! I also love how you read and review different books about a variety of topics and people. So thank you for that! And p.s. The Hate U give is being made into a movie sometime next year!

  4. Great video, Trina! So glad to hear that you loved it! Its definitely a relevant and important book. I haven't read it yet but I will soon!

  5. Loved this review! THUG is definitely my favorite book so far this year. I kind of feel like it should be required reading for humanity. Haha

  6. How is the writing? I was initially interested in this book but was put off by some clunky writing in the synopsis on the back. Usually, I interpret any awkwardness in the description as indicative of the quality of the writing in general, so I'm kind of hesitant.

  7. I am honestly so excited for this book but I do know I need to be in the right frame of mind for it. I will definitely get to it this year.

  8. I just picked this up from the library on Sunday, I can't wait to read it! Thanks for reviewing this, I seriously love your honesty and perspective. I also think it's so important to explore "mean girl" friendships and the process of going from toxic to healthy.

  9. I want to read but I'm french and I'm afraid it'll be too complicated to understand (vocabulary, the way it is written, …). Is it ?
    Reaaally great video btw ^^

  10. It is also definitely my favorite book I have read this year. It is incredible how many different topics and discussions Angie Thomas was able to create yet keep the book flowing. Oh my goodness I filmed a review of this too but when you start to talk about the book you realize just how many things there are to talk about! I couldn't even get out half my thoughts hahaha. This is a wonderful video, and isn't crazy that this is Angie's debut??? I am already in line for her next book that she hasn't even written hahahahaha

  11. I've so not been on YouTube for a while and now I'm like: ow. Brilliant minds think alike? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I found it so hard to be brief about this book. โคโคโค

  12. Because of this video I'm buying the book! Actually, I just did! It'll make a long trip till Rio de Janeiro but I can't wait to read it!
    once again, I just LOVE your chanel!

  13. The Hate U Give has been one of my favorite books this year. I loved how real Angie's writing was. I agree with everything you said in this video! Great review!

  14. Thank you for this very thoughtful review. I loved this book and I appreciate your overview. Kudos on reading diversely. New subscriber and fan for sure. Happy New Year!

  15. This book will absolutely be on my favorites list this year. It IS so relevant and I hope the hype helps get this book into the hands of teens everywhere. Also very excited for the upcoming movie. I know I'm going to be a puddle of emotion in the theater. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Loved hearing your thoughts, Trina! Thanks for sharing.

  16. This has been one of the greatest books I have rad in a long time and I love that the main character is poc.

  17. I've read the book, agree with your review, and will be teaching it to my senior class this semester. My host teacher allowed me to make the choice. Wish me luck! (I'm a student-teacher and this is my demonstration teaching gig).

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