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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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really liked it
bookshelves: strong-female-characters, young-adult

This book is heavy, raw, and powerful. The pain inside Starr, the many ways it comes to hit her is appalling, and then you realise the number of people who are experiencing almost this exact story every day of their lives and it humbles you hard.

The depth and complexity of the character Starr is glorious. The multiple 'Starr's she presents depending on where she is at, her intricate relationships, her struggle with fear. It's so beautifully rendered. Also, the fact she isn't perfect, she makes mistakes (view spoiler).

From a plot perspective, while Starr's character arc is solid, it felt like things at the very final stretch were a little rushed and unlikely. Whereas so much of this book was solidly real (view spoiler) None of these things are story breakers or book ruiners, but when the rest of the book is sooooo good, little details in the climax like this drag it down that final star.

I liked how ultimately, even the neighborhood itself had a character arc, apt since the community really felt almost like it's own character, not merely a setting.

To wrap up this review I want to leave you with this wonderful line:
'Sometimes you do everything right, and things still go wrong, the key is to never stop doing right'.
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Reading Progress

December 7, 2018 – Shelved
December 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 14, 2019 – Started Reading
January 15, 2019 – Shelved as: strong-female-characters
January 15, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
January 15, 2019 – Finished Reading

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