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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give/THUG by Angie Thomas follows sixteen-year-old Starr as she comes to grips with the death of her best friend Khalil. Set in the present day, the novel brings light to issues often ignored such as unwarranted police shootings and the racial discrimination in everyday life.

The book was written in first person from Starr's point of view. I enjoyed the style of writing and I felt like it was written in a manner that fitted what the reader expects from Starr. However, there were a couple instances were events were described in a really childish manner. This felt really out of place especially when it occurred in a serious situation. Using show not tell would have improved the quality of the writing and helped make the tone of the book more serious.

I really enjoyed the characterisation in THUG. The family dynamic is really well developed and realistic. All the characters are well developed and each character had their own distinct traits.

THUG is appropriate for children 12+ and I would definitely recommend reading.

Posted on: 15th April 2018 at 07:19 pm

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