This book is a treasure. A national treasure. A phenomenal book by a phenomenal debut author. I know I’m a year late to the party, but there’s a reason readers can’t keep quiet when it comes to THUG - it’s too good not to share.
I’d only heard and read good things about The Hate You Give. This book was being raved about way before its release and I must admit, I was worried the hype might ruin the book before I’d even begun. But I shouldn’t have been worried - I freaking LOVED THUG. There was good reason for the hype, this book is all that and more.
I took four days to finish reading, but in a perfect world, I would have devoured this in a day. From the very first page, I was taken with Starr and her voice, and pulled into her world. I wasn’t expecting to be educated, but it was definitely an eye-opening read and I feel like I’ve walked away all the better for reading it. At one point I literally had to cover the book to protect it from myself because all I wanted to do was READ. If you’ve read THUG, you’ll know what I’m talking about. 60 pages shy of being a 500 page book - that’s quite a long contemporary! But honestly, it didn’t drag at all. Pacing was great and I would have happily read more. What can I say? The characters drew me in - I loved Starr, her parents, her siblings, Chris, Maya, Kenya, Devante - they are what made this book so special.
Another thing I loved was the significance of the title and how it was woven into the story. One the biggest things for me was how real and developed and fleshed out the characters were; how Starr’s world sprang to life off the page. For me, the book simply crackles, it has an undeniable spark. And then when I was reading the author’s note, I got a deeper understanding of the book. It reads that way because Angie Thomas took inspiration from her own life and events that impacted her. She put her heart and soul into a book and you can tell. I loved THUG, will totally re-read it and cannot wait for Angie’s future works because I am SO HERE FOR THAT.
A new favourite, if you can’t already tell. I’m so glad this book has received the love and attention it has because it totally deserves it.
Now…who’s ready for a Fresh Prince of Bel Air rewatch?