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Amelie, St Helen and St Katharine

The Hate U Give

THUG was exciting and scary and I read it very quickly because I did not want to put it down. Starr is a teenage girl who finds herself the only witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil. Khalil was black and unarmed and his murderer was a white police officer; this is a story about racism and injustice. The story is told via Starr, making it seem as though you are there with her, feeling her emotions and making it all very real. The characters are all very believable and act and speak as you would expect them to. I could picture the characters and scenes really well. Thomas uses a good balance of dialogue and narrative to tell the story and the language she used was just at the right level for the character speaking. For example, the seven year old child spoke differently to Starr and Starr’s language changed depending on where she was and who she was with. I enjoyed how there were two very different settings in the story and thought Thomas was very clever in how she described these. I would recommend this book for 11 and up because there are some scary scenes. Overall I would rate this 9/10 because it was really exciting and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Posted on: 30th April 2018 at 09:02 am

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