THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas | Book Chat with Kenzie


I have been wanting to read this book since it came out but I don't think I would have picked it up if my brother hadn't gotten it for me. (He loves to feed my book obsession hehehe.)

And I am so glad I did.

The Hate U Give is about sixteen-year-old Starr who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends a private school where she is constantly balancing two different version of herself. After witnessing her best friend get shot by a police officer, Starr has to deal with the pressure of speaking up against the hurtful headline directed toward her friend. What she does and does not do, will affect her life. 



Plot: 9.5/10

Characters: 10/10

Writing Style: 10/10

Creativity: 9/10

Cover: 10/10

Overall: asdfghjkl love 


The Hate U Give was one of those books you read and you think about long after you've finished it. It's definitely a classic and is SO worth reading. It made me laugh. It gave me the chills. It made me understand and feel more appreciative towards the topic of race and police/gun violence- which is something hard to tackle but Angie Thomas did it soooo well.



The book pretty much starts right off with the main character (Starr) who is the eyewitness of her best friend's murder. I was kind of expecting the book to go through a series of big events which would eventually lead to the climax but instead, it focused more on Starr's daily life after the shooting and her fighting the fear to speak up.




And I'm pretty sure you can guess what my favorite part of the book was. ;) YES SIR, YOU KNOW ME SO WELL. It was... THE CHARACTERRRSSSS!!!!! I honestly found myself laughing A LOT. I loved, loved, LOVED the writing and narration style. It felt like Starr was actually talking to you and making sarcastic side comments.

The best. 


lol don't ask me what is in the water there, i have absolutely no idea


And can I just say how much I love her family?? FAMILY REPRESENTATION IN BOOKS IS SO IMPORTANT. They were all so supportive and caring for one another. I just devoured every scene with them. And honestly? You don't need to have a book with all these big scenes that are supposed to leave your heart racing-- all you need are scenes to make you fall in love with the story. UMMM CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HOW CUTE HER BROTHER SEVEN IS? AND DEVANTE?! AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON HER UNCLE CARLOS (honestly, husband goals). Oh, and CHRIS? LOVE THAT BOY. He was so freaking cute, I can't even.


I really admired Starr's character, too. She had her sassy and sarcastic side, but she also had her sensitive side. Like, this girl was not afraid to cry AND I LOVED THAT. I loved how she was fighting this crazy amount of fear and learning that you can be brave and scared at the same time. It was so realistic.




Another thing I really liked about this book was that it showed both sides of the story. If that makes sense? I mean, obviously, there is the ONE side of the story but it wasn't afraid to shine a light on every aspect. For instance, it showed how hard it is for someone to get wrapped up in gangs and how difficult it is to get out of them. I have so much respect towards Angie for being able to put this on paper.

This book was a breath of fresh air and is a MUST read. It makes me want to march around with signs and tell the world to just loVE ONE ANOTHER PLZ.




TALK TO ME!

What are some YA books that you KNOW will be classics? ARE THERE ANY THAT YOU STILL THINK ABOUT TODAY? Am I the only one who wants The Hate U Give movie ASAP?? I thought it came out next month but now I have to wait until October. Grrr. But Amandla is the perfect Starr like... yasss kween. 

xx Kenzie 

caution warning: this book contains mentions of sex, brief scene with teen drinking, violence, gangs, language 

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  1. This is such a great spoiler free book review and this book is definitely on my list now! (p.s. what was really in the water tho?!)

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    1. EEEP, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! <3 I try my best not to spoil anything about a book when I review it because I have zero tolerance for spoilers, hehe. o-o

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

      (p.s. idk man, realistically, it's seaweed. but i'm fairly certain it was an alien species waiting to take me back to my true home.)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! I actually got this book out of the library a year ago, but never got round to it and gave it back. I'll definitely reconsider my decision now...

    Anna // Zu Hause

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    1. Thank YOU for reading!! I am extremely flattered to know that I had some effect on changing your decision. <3 It's definitely worth it! :)

      xx Kenzie

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  3. I remember reading this book last year, and it was my favorite book of 2017. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I also loved the character development, and I was especially pleased to see the friendship between Starr and Maya. I could relate to Maya's experience as an Asian-American, put-off by comments about "eating dogs" but too nervous to say anything about it at the time. I agree with you, too-- I can see this book still being read, discussed, and treasured years from now.

    I just wanted to say also that I love the pictures you included in this post! They're beautiful!

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. Hi, Claire!

      Thank you so much for reading! The Hate U Give is definitely one of my favorites of 2018 so I am SO glad I read it! <3 AHHHH, I loved her friendship development with Maya as well! That's another thing I liked about the book; it also focused on friendships and toxic friendships.

      Ugh, I am sorry you were every put in Maya's position because it is honestly THE WORST. I can relate in a different sense. I've always had to deal with weird/judgmental comments about being homeschooled or having a big family. And I'd just laugh it off and say "yeah..." but really, I shouldn't have sucked it up. You should never have to suck it up. <3

      AWWWW THANK YOU SO MUCH, GIRLY! That means a lot to me because I love taking pictures and getting creative with them. <3 Thank you for your sweet comment and for stopping by! :)

      xx Kenzie

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  4. Every book you ever talk about on your blog I want to read because you are always so excited and I LOVE THAT! I adore charters that are sassy sarcastic and sensitive. If it's done right it makes for an awesome character. When I saw "asdfghjkl" I could see you running your finger across the keyboard from left to right. Tried it and kind of failed at life so maybe that's not what happens.... asdfghjkl hmmm (:

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    1. ASDFGHJKL WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD TO ME I'D LOVE TO KNOW?!?!? *cry face emojis* But for real. You are just too sweet and you know exactly how to raise my ego. <3 And hehe, well, I've had lots and lots of practice as a professional fangirl. ;) "asdfghjkl" just kinda runs through my veins. It's my first language. (And yeah, when I read it for the first time ever, I thought it actually stood for something and not keyboard smashing.)

      Thank you so much for reading and for always leaving encouraging comments. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  5. I was very conflicted about this book, but I do think it's such an important conversation starter. Great review!

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    1. It really is! Thank you so much for reading. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  6. I haven't read The Hate U Give, but it sounds like a great book that I should have on my to-read list! Also that cover is sooooo pretty.

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    1. Isn't it?!?! I love how the movie poster matches it perfectly, too. <3 Thank you so much for reading! :) <3

      xx Kenzie

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  7. I've seen a lot about this book but haven't actually read it yet: it sounds like a really well-written and thought provoking book!! I'll have to read it sometime :)

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    1. YES! It honestly is. It felt so real, you know? It focuses on so many important things that happen in our everyday lives. We need more from Angie Thomas. <3

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  8. Oh my goodness I literally watched the trailer for this on YouTube a few weeks ago because the title caught my interest :)

    I loved this review, Kenzie! I definitely want to read this book soon.

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    1. DOESN'T THE TRAILER GIVE YOU CHILLS/FEELS?!?! I forced myself not to watch it until I finished the book, hehe.

      Thank you so much for reading! I'm so happy you enjoyed le post. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  9. OOOHHHHH I've been tryna find this book!! I've seen the film trailer and it looks so empowering and I bet the book is just as powerful :D Can't wait to get my hands on this book and the release of the film <3

    - nicole xx // www.nicolesmind.com

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    1. You actually aren't the only one! I went to the bookstore the other day and there were three people there looking for it as well. o.O It definitely lives up to its hype and soooo worth every second of your time! <3 I can't wait for the film as well!!!

      Thank you so much for reading. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  10. I should totally read this book! I've never heard of it, but just your pictures make me want to pick it up and read it

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    1. *blushes* Oh my goodness, wow. I'm so honored. <333 Thank you so much! And I agree- you should totally read the book. ;)

      Thank you for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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