• I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookishbox #fairyloot #brunching #ladieswhobrunch #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #villefranche #travel #holiday #vacation #travelblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #newtsreadathon2019
  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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#blogger #book #bookblogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #bookshelf #manga #qotd #dateday #seaside #seraphofthend
  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #manga #bookreviewer #seraphoftheend #datenight
  • I’m back after a semi unplanned little hiatus😂
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Halfway through my holiday I just started to enjoy the slight disconnect from socials...then I had to unpack.
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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t travel light😂
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Anywaaay, I have returned with a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry...WHAT A BOOK.
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QOTD: Are you an over-packer, under-packer or just right?🙊
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  • Just about to head down for dinner🤤
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One things for sure, you never go hungry on a @royalcaribbeanuk cruise!😂
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There’s also a new review up of Seraph of the End Volume Twelve (Link in bio✌🏻)
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

September 10, 2017

The Hate U Give is a book that has been at the top of everyones TBR, splashed across Instagram and featured in every other BookTube video. 

Why? 

Because it's that damn important and it's that fantastic. 

This is an own voices novel meaning that the author in some way relates to their main character and/or the situation the character is in. Angie Thomas herself is a PoC and from what I've learned from her interviews lived in a place with very similar elements to her characters home town.

Starr Carter is a sixteen year old black girl living two lives. She attends a very prestigious private school where 99% of the students are white middle-class. But she lives in a place called Garden Heights, a very poor neighbourhood known for its gangs. Her two worlds collide when Starr witnesses her best-friend Khalil shot by a police officer. In the middle of a media storm Starr tries to fight with her most powerful weapon, her voice, to get justice for her friend whose crime was having a hairbrush in his car. 

"A hairbrush is not a gun."

Starr is a character I will carry in my heart for years to come. Throughout the novel we saw her grow, fight for her best-friend and find her voice. She was determined and so very real. Her family dynamic was by no means perfect, her parents fought and her brothers teased her but you could see how much they loved and protected each other. There is one particular scene that sticks in my mind, when Starr's father is forced to the ground by a police officer with Starr watched. At the age of sixteen she's seen two of her best friends shot. Natasha was shot in a drive by and Khalil was shot by a police officer. To read and feel her terror in this scene was awful but in the best way. When a book gets a reaction like that you know its doing something right. 

I read Emma Giordano's review (Emmmabooks on Youtube) and I couldn't agree more with what she said. To paraphrase what she wrote, although, this book's focus is the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality the overriding message seems to be use your voice. Words are, as Dumbledore said, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. That is something that Starr definitely learns to utilise. Her interview was so inspiring and powerful. Reading this book I felt like I knew Starr and that with every chapter I was rooting for her, her family and the cause they were fighting for even more. When I started blogging I never thought I'd be able to say that I was proud of a character, but I am. 

This is a book I believe everyone should read and a book that everyone will gain something from. 

I will read anything Angie Thomas publishes and I hope one day I actually get to meet the lady behind this incredible book. 

Info

Name: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas 

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 438

ISBN: 978-1-4063-7215-1

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Hate You Give? What did you think?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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