The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

How did I get it?:
It was sent to me by Walker Books, many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Thoughts:

This book has been most anticipated by so many bloggers. I’m always scared of hyped books. Always. Quite often that hype monster appears and destroys a raved about book for me. I’m happy to say, that this wasn’t the case with The Hate U Give. I have to admit, as a teacher, the ‘U’ bugged me in the title, until I started to read it and realised why the author used a ‘U’. I’m also pleased to say that I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me, but it was very, very close.

It centres around Starr, who is only sixteen, but has seen two murders in her lifetime. The first was a friend in a drive by and the second was a black boy, shot multiple times by a police officer whilst she was in the car. Starr laid with him as he died. The boy in question didn’t do anything wrong. The story surrounds life after these murders. It explores the sensitive subject of racial issues in society involving black people and police officers. As a reader, we wonder whether Starr will stand up for Khalil and talk about what she witnessed.

I thought this was a fantastic book. It’s a story that should be read by so many. The fact that black people are still dying because of social issues with race is heartbreaking and scary at the same time. I think this book is incredibly educational. It tackles racism and injustice, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are so many moments that made me smile.

This was an incredible debut novel. Angie Thomas writes so well. I’m looking forward to exploring what she writes next.  

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, important debut!

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This Week In Books #56

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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The Hate U Give  Lie With Me Follow Me Down

NOWThe Hate U GiveAngie Thomas– I’m almost halfway through this book which I’m enjoying!

THEN Lie With MeSabine Durrant– I recently finished this book for part of the ‘Talking About…’ feature that I do with my sister, Beth. Our review is out tomorrow!

NEXTFollow Me DownSherri Smith– I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m hoping to get it started this weekend! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

This Week In Books #55

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

Fish Boy The Cruelty The Hate U Give

This list hasn’t really changed much this week.

NOWFish BoyChloe Daykin– I’m less than 100 pages away from finishing this book. My reading has been incredibly slow this week! 😦

THEN- The CrueltyScott Bergstrom– I finished this book which had an intriguing concept but I wasn’t wowed.

NEXTThe Hate U Give Angie Thomas– I was supposed to read The Lasr Beginning but then this book arrived through my door!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a similar post that you do!

Top Ten 2017 Debuts That I’m Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about debut releases in 2017. It’s been fun to look into it!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I’ve heard a lot about this book already and I’m excited for it to be released. It is inspired by The Black Lives Matter movement.

The Hidden Memory of Objects-

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I read emotional and thrilling in the synopis and I was pretty much sold! I love the cover of this one too.

One Of Us Is Lying- Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying

I’m looking forward to this one mainly because I’ve judged it by its cover and I think it looks like it’s going to be awesome!

The Hundred Lives of Lizzie Lovett- Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

I have heard good things about this book too, so I’m looking forward to finally checking it out in 2017!

Girl Out Of Water- Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water

This looks like another emotional read. I love the simple cover.

It Started With Goodbye- Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

A modern take on the Cinderella arc? I’m in!

The Disappearances- Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

Oooh. I like the sound of this one. Love the cover, love the fantasy sound of it.

The Education of Margot Sanchez- Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez

I think this sounds like such an important read! It’s billed as a coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families. Intrigued!

Seven Days Of You-

Seven Days of You

I can’t help but put a cute contemporary looking book on my list! 🙂 This one looks like it could be a bit of a heartbreaker too!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I love stories that include characters with ADHD. I have high hopes for this one!

What are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Annual End Of Year Survey- 2016 Edition!

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I absolutely love thinking about my reading in the year.

 

 

Number Of Books You Read:  So far…134
Number of Re-Reads:  2 or 3!
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Oh my goodness, that’s hard. I think it would have to be Highly Illogical Behaviour, One or Paper Butterflies. I couldn’t pick one.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I thought I was going to love Ballet Shoes more than I did.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I still push Me Before You wherever possible. I can’t help myself.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Ooh. I’ll go for series. This is a tough one because I have two I have really enjoyed. I’ll pick two! The Spinster Club by Holly Bourne and Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Holly Bourne

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Hmm… I’m not a big re-reader but I’ll say Harry Potter. I read the first book this year and it’s made me want to continue with the series.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Made You Up

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Jeannette from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Last Act Of LoveCathy Rentzenbrink

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

A Boy Made Of BlocksKeith Stuart

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

One by Sarah Crossan. I know it only came out in 2015, but still… I should have read it then!

 15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“He was afraid of the world, afraid it would find a way to swallow him up. But, maybe everyone was sometimes.”   -John Corey Whaley- Highly Illogical Behaviour.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest- Carry OnRainbow Rowell- 518 pages

Shortest- To DanceSiena Cherson Siegel- 64 pages

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Celeste and Justin- Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sam and Alex- A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

One by Sarah Crossan

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Hmmm… this is a tricky one. I’m not one for fictional crushes. Justin from Flat-Out Celeste was adorable, I guess!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Love That Split The WorldEmily Henry

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzinbrink

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

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1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I am so bad at remembering how long I’ve been enjoying blogs, so I’ll pick a blog that I’ve enjoyed in 2016. That has to be Megan at Love, Literature, Art and Reason.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

I never like reading my own reviews as I always find flaws with them! I did enjoy writing A Boy Made Of Blocks.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t had very many this year. Definitely need to get my thinking cap on for 2017.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

The Transatlantic Book Project with some other wonderful bloggers.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Winning an award at the UKYA blogging awards. A surprise to me that’s for sure as I didn’t ever anticipate winning!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Balancing blogging and reading with a full time hectic job!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Highly Illogical Behaviour– John Corey Whaley

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I really love the Reading Year subscription from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath that my sister and my mum got for my birthday.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

At this point not all of them, but by the end of the year I anticipate that I would have made my 140 book challenge and completed the series that I wanted to! I have completed the British Book Challenge that challenges its readers to read 12 books by British Authors. I’ve nailed that one with 64 read so far!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m so bad at keeping up with series so I’ll mention one I’m anticipating to finish… What’s A Girl To Do? by Holly Bourne.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Continue to add different features to keep my blog fresh!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I’m just starting my 2017 ARCS so can’t comment on that yet. I have high hopes for The Edge Of Everything by Jeff Giles though!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books I’m looking forward to for the first half of 2017. It was fun to research this list and find out what’s releasing! As always there seems to be some amazing releases coming up. I’m so excited to be a bookworm right now!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

January

Roseblood- A.G.Howard

RoseBlood

I love A.G. Howard. She has the BEST covers. I’m intrigued by the synopis of this book.

History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

Can’t wait to read more from Adam Silvera. This book seems like it’s going to be tough, but worthwhile.

By Your Side- Kasie West

By Your Side

Kasie West’s books are comforting reads to me. I adore them!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I am so intrigued by this book. It involves a character with ADHD. I adore the simple, but stunning cover.

February

The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

Ooh, this one looks good and I’ve heard some amazing things already!

March

The Hidden Memory Of Objects- Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

I love a debut and when researching this list, this book immediately caught my eye! It seems like it’ll be an emotional read.

April

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

This is by far, my most anticipated book of 2017!

May

It Started With Goodbye- Christina June

It Started With Goodbye

Another simple, but effective cover. It certainly captured my attention.

One Of Us Is Lying- Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying

I’m really looking forward to this book. It’s described as a mix of the Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars. That’s definitely intrigued me…

June-

Bad Romance- Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

I absolutely love Heather Demetrios writing. She has become an autobuy author for me, so this book is a no-brainer for this list!

What are you looking forward to in 2017? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!