The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Review

32075671Title :The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Diversity
Pages: 464

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Review

I loved The Hate U Give!! I gave it 5 stars. I have a good feeling it’ll end up on my end-of-year list.Very powerful read!  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement,it doesn’t shy away from the hard topics. This is exactly the book I needed. From the first page I was hooked.I read almost the whole book in one sitting today and I’m not sure if I can express my thoughts properly.

I have to admit I teared up multiple times but also this book had me smiling and laughing the next moment.The incident happens early on in the book, which I believe was a good call because we learn about Khalil as the story progresses. I loved all the characters and they were all essential to the story arc.

The main character, a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr, is so loveable and her family dynamics are heartwarming. Starr’s voice is so powerful. Everything she went through, I felt it al with her.The decisions she had to make were not easy ones to make. Her emotions were so raw, I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug.

Her father Maverick is my favorite, he breaks so many stereotypes, he cries at his son’s graduation showing that even tough men cry. He also reenforces some stereotypes too. Real people are complex and have conflicting feelings.

The relationship with her family is beautiful and touching. Both of Staar’s parents are supportive of her which is refreshing in a YA novel. The siblings were realistic they teased each other but they also stood up for each other throughout the book.

It also showed the emotions of the people who do not understand the situation. I could go on and on and on so I’ll just say I highly recommended! It’s an important book.

Quotes

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe

 

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The Jumbies By Tracey Baptiste Review

22859559Title:The Jumbies
Author:Tracey Baptiste
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Genre:Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 240
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis: A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages.

Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, cooking dinner for Corinne’s father, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine’s plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home.

With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale “The Magic Orange Tree,” The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.”

My Thoughts

A fantasy based in Caribbean folklore.
When I first saw this cover I knew I had to read this book. I don’t know many books that are set in the Caribbean, but I think there should be TONS.My two best friends, are from the Caribbean area, and I love the setting. To know more about the culture. Trini spirits are amazing to visualize. Werewolf like creature wearing chains, and the douens the spirit children, its fantastic. There are so many different types of jumbies. In the Caribbean jumbies are sneaky tricksters who can take on the form of a beautiful woman or an animal.

The jumbies is a story about friendship, monsters and magic. Like most fairy tales, this is a story of good versus evil, Corrine is faced with a jumbie named Severine, who appears as a beautiful woman,who wants to retake the land from the villagers. Severine is an interesting villain because she is capable of love, but is selfish and thinks she is better then everyone else.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Corinne’s friendship with her friends. Dru is shy and timid but hen she meets Corrine she starts to come out of her shell. Malik and Bouki, were a comic relief but also so much more. I loved the relationship Corrine had with her father.

The chapters are usually short, and with all the action, the jumbies reads quickly. The tone of the story sets it up perfectly for a spooky fall read.

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