The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

So here’s the thing… I didn’t enjoy this book very much. I’d heard of it of course and I was so excited to try it but then it just fell very short.

What I like in a book is something that will hit me emotionally and then leave me reeling for days after I finish. I’d thought I would get that for sure from this story, given the overall talk surrounding it and the fact that it covers many controversial topics. However, this book actually took me very long to finish because it didn’t intrigue me or impact me much at all. Now, before you guys come for me saying that maybe the story isn’t meant to be intense and fast-paced, that maybe it’s supposed to be a detailed and accurate representation of the side of society that isn’t talked about, even if that gives it a slower storyline, I want you to know that I get it. I know that the message this story spreads is heard by many and that is no doubt one of the key factors to its success and popularity in the book-world; but when I’m rating it as a piece of writing, as a piece of literature, I can’t say I loved it.

My final rating is a 6.5/10 but that does NOT mean you shouldn’t give it a try. This is a book that can and has aroused many different opinions. This is a book that will appeal to very different people. Maybe it just didn’t appeal to me and that’s my own peculiarity, maybe you’ll read it and think that it’s the best thing you’ve ever read. Anything’s possible so I think the only way you’ll know for sure is if you read it for yourself.

P.S. I think we should also remember that this is Ms. Thomases first book, this is her debut novel. So honestly total props to her, absolutely amazing for a debut.