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review 2017-08-08 04:11
Just blew me away. This post won't do it justice.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

There's just so much I want to say about this book, I know I'm leaving stuff out even as I prepare to hit "Post." Also, I know that I'm not doing justice to how good this book is. Given that, here's my best shot.

I'll be honest, the hype around this one turned me off initially. It just didn't seem like my kind of thing. But my wife bought a copy and tore through it and started telling everyone she came across that they needed to read it (especially those of us she lives with). When I saw the library had a copy of the audiobook, I snagged it, because I hadn't got that far on my TBR. By this time, I only remembered "YA," "something about Black Lives Matter," and "Mrs. Irresponsible Reader said I needed to." Which is about as tabula rasa as one could get when coming to a book.


Our central character is Starr Carter. She attends a very nice private school in the suburbs of whatever unidentified city she lives in. She plays basketball there, has friends and a boyfriend and seems to be generally well-regarded by all. Then there's her "other life", that has almost no relation to that one -- she and her family live in a poor neighborhood where almost no one knows her by anything but "Mav's daughter what works at the store" (or something close to that). She has a friend or two in the neighborhood, but mostly works and then goes home. On one of the rare nights she goes out to do something social, she runs into her childhood best friend, Khalil, who she hasn't seen for a few months. Their reunion is cut short, sadly, while he drives her home and they're pulled over by a police officer for a routine traffic stop. I'll leave the details for you to read on your own, but essentially, her unarmed friend is shot repeatedly by the police officer in front of Starr.


In the days that follow Khalil's death is a nationwide story, Starr's being questioned by the police and is trying to keep her psyche intact while the wheels of justice grind slowly. There are problems at school, unforeseen challenges at home and in the neighborhood, add in the involvement with the criminal justice system and activists, and it's clear that neither of Starr's lives are going to be the same again.


Yes, this book is about the shooting of Khalil and the aftermath. But it's about more than that, too. Similar to the way you could say that To Kill a Mockingbird is about the trial Tom Robinson and its aftermath. There's a whole lot of other things going on in both books that are just as much a part of the essence as the shooting/trial. There's family growth and change, individual characters learning more about the world and changing, there's the evolution of localities and best of all, there are characters taking all of this in and exercising a little agency to change themselves -- and impact everything in around them.


One thing I didn't expect was how fun this book would end up being. I laughed a lot -- her father's strange theories about Harry Potter, her Fresh Prince of Bel Air obsession, the teasing between her friends, her family's very cut-throat approach to watching the NBA finals and trying to jinx each other's teams, are just a start. Even when it's not being out-and-out funny, there's a joie de vivre that characterizes the lives of these characters.


When they're not grieving, being threatened (by criminals or those who are supposed to be protecting them from criminals), being angered at the way that the system seems to be destined to fail them, or scared about their lives, that is. Because there's a lot of that, too. All of which is justified. The interplay between the emotional extremes speaks volumes to the authenticity of Thomas' work, and makes it much more effective than it could've been in less careful hands.


There are so few YA novels with healthy -- or existing families -- that Thomas should probably win an award or three just for having so many in one book. None of the families are perfect (though Starr's comes close), some push the boundaries of "dysfunctional" into something we need a new word for; but at the very least there were at least a core of people caring about each other and trying to help each other, in their own way.


Yes, there are political overtones -- or at least ramifications -- to this book, but this is first and foremost a human story and can be appreciated by humans from all over the political spectrum. Thomas, as far as I can tell, went out of her way to be fair and balanced. It'd have been very easy to paint some of these characters/groups as all evil, all good, all misunderstood, all [fill in the blank]. Instead, she took the more difficult, more honest, and much more interesting approach and filled the book with people all over the moral spectrum, no matter their profession, ethnicity, socio-economic background, education, etc.


A few words about Turpin's work. I loved it. She was just fantastic, and rose to the challenge of bringing this kind of book to life. Looking at her credits just now, that doesn't seem like much of a stretch for her -- she's clearly a talented heavy-hitter on the audiobook front.


I laughed, I cried . . . it moved me. This is the whole package, really. It'll challenge you, it'll entertain you, and give you a little hope for tomorrow (while helping you despair about the time until tomorrow comes).

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/07/the-hate-u-give-audiobook-by-angie-thomas-bahni-turpin
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review 2017-08-05 07:54
Rezension | The Hate U Give von Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas



Starr ist sechzehn Jahre alt und lebt in zwei grundverschienen Welten. Den Tag verbringt sie in einer Privatschule, an der sie zu den wenigen Schwarzen gehört. Der Rest ihres Lebens spielt sich in Garden Heights, einem armen Stadtviertel für Schwarze ab, in dem es auch zu Ausschreitungen kommt.


Nach einer Party wird Starr Zeugin eines schrecklichen Verbrechens. Kahlil, ihr bester Freund seit Kindertagen, wird vor ihren Augen von einem Polizisten erschossen. Plötzlich steht Starr im Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit und muss all ihren Mut zusammen nehmen um für Gerechtigkeit zu kämpfen.


Meine Meinung


Angie Thomas Jugendroman „The Hate U Give“ ist ein bildgewaltiges Debüt mit Gänsehautfaktor. Bereits vor der deutschen Veröffentlichung zog der Roman große Aufmerksamkeit auf sich und wurde bereits auf einigen Seiten besprochen. Der besondere Hype um das Buch zeichnet sich auch dadurch aus, dass bereits vor der Bucherscheinung die Filmrechte vergeben wurden.


Natürlich wollte ich mich nun selbst von der Einzigartigkeit dieser Story überzeugen und herausfinden, ob der Hype um Angie Thomas Debütroman gerecht ist.


"Abschiede schmerzen am meisten, wenn der andere nicht mehr da ist." (Seite 80)


Angie Thomas wurde durch den Oscar Grant Fall, bei dem 2009 ein schwarzer Jugendlicher von einem Polizisten getötet wurde, zu ihrem Roman inspiriert. Bei „The Hate U Give“ steht ein ähnlicher Fall im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens. Nachdem Starr hautnah miterlebte wie ihr Freund Khalil grundlos von einem Polizisten erschossen wird, steht sie an einer Wegscheide ihres Lebens. Sie wird knallhart mit den zwei Welten konfrontiert in denen sie lebt und kann nicht länger die Augen vor Rassismus und Gewalt verschließen.


"Manches muss ich für mich behalten […]. Denn hat man einmal die kaputten Seiten von jemanden gesehen, dann ist das so, als hätte man denjenigen nackt gesehen – man wird ihn danach nie mehr so wie früher betrachten." (Seite 99)


Die Schriftstellerin hat einen wunderbaren Erzählrythmus durch den man in Null-Komma-Nichts mitten ins Geschehen katapultiert wird. Das Ganze wird durch die passende Sprache im (Straßen)Slang hervorrragend untermalt. Schonungslos spricht Angie Thomas schwer verdauliche Themen wie Rassismus, Gewalt, Drogen genaus an wie Freundschaft, Zusammenhalt und den Mut sich selbst zu finden und mit seiner Stimme etwas zu bewegen.


"»Mutig sein bedeutet nicht, dass du keine Angst hast,[…]. Es bedeutet, dass du was tust, obwohl du Angst hast.«" (Seite 375/376)


„The Hate U Give“ spricht zudem einen weiteren interessanten Aspekt an. Starr befindet sich mittem im Prozess des Erwachsen werdens, welcher durch traumatische Erlebnisse mindenstens genauso erschwert wird, wie durch das Gefühl in zwei verschiedenen Welten zu leben, die nicht miteinander vereinbar sind. Angie Thomas spendet Menschen wie Starr durch ihr Buch jede Menge Hoffnung und Mut. Weißen Menschen bietet sie hingegen einen tiefen Einblick in die Gesellschaft (Kultur) und Gefühle der Schwarzen – das sollte uns alle näher zusammen bringen!


"Meine zwei Welten sind soeben aufeinandergeprallt. Aber erstaunlicherweise ist dabei nichts passiert." (Seite 404)




Dieser Roman über Rassismus, Mut, Gerechtigkeit und Freundschaft trifft direkt ins Herz. Jeder sollte ihn gelesen haben!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-the-hate-u-give-von-angie-thomas
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review 2017-07-28 20:40
The Hate U Give (audio)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

What can I say about this novel that has not been said already? I listened to this novel on audio and I realized a few things while doing so. One, while listening to this novel, I felt the power and the emotions of every character whose voice poured out of these CD’s. These individuals became alive inside my car and inside my house as this story unfolded and I couldn’t help but to become invested in their lives and become moved at what was transpiring. Every character was effected by the events that were played out, either negatively or positively and thence, I became angry/scared or I was laughing at their situations. I couldn’t help but to become emotionally involved in their drama. Two, I was constantly playing with the volume as I listened to this novel. I loved the energy and the fire in this novel. I wanted to feel it, I wanted to drown in it and as the characters spoke, their messages deserved special attention. They spoke from their hearts, it couldn’t get any more real and I’m glad that I chose the audio of this novel as I truly felt it spoke volumes. Three, as I finished up this novel I realized how important this novel is. The reality of what occurs and the way that it is presented is fantastic. I can think of lots of words to describe this novel and lots of items to discuss within this novel but the words perception, attitude and choices are the top picks for me. I absolutely loved this novel, I highly recommend the audio version, it is definitely moving.

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text 2017-07-16 04:13
What I've read since I've been away...
Difficult Women - Roxane Gay
Fearless Creating - Eric Maisel
Baltimore Blues - Laura Lippman
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Res... Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy - Sheryl Sandberg,Adam Grant
Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) ... Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) - Alex Segura

Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel
Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey
The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy. 
Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura

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review 2017-07-04 20:18
Not just for teens, but an important read for adults as well.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, author, Bahni Turpin, narrator

Starr and her brothers straddle two worlds. In one world there is a strict code of behavior and an excellent education with kids from wealthy families and in the other there are gangs and drive-by shootings and poverty. Starr lives in the ghetto and attends school in a bubble neighborhood of privilege. Her mom is a nurse and her dad, Maverick, runs a market where Starr helps out. He is an ex convict. He covered for another gang member who would have been a three time loser, sacrificed himself, and spent three years in prison. He is respected and has a lot of positive influence in his ghetto community of Garden Heights. He has no intention of ever going back to prison.

Starr is a senior at Williamson, a posh private school. She has created two personalities for herself. One is her ghetto half in Garden Heights, and the other is the one she takes to Williamson. The two worlds do not mix and even her mode of speech changes from place to place. What is cool in one place is definitely not cool in the other. No one in the private school world knows much about the Starr from the ghetto, not even her boyfriend Chris, a very wealthy white teenager who is also a senior. She keeps the two worlds separate and apart, unwilling to expose both sides of her self in either place, unwilling to expose herself to ridicule.

Chris’s world is completely different from Starr’s. Her house could fit into one of the rooms in his house! He took her to the prom in a Rolls Royce. He believes that they have been totally honest with each other and is surprised when he learns that he knew so little about her, that her world is so different from his. He is hurt when he discovers the secrets she has kept from him. When he learns that her ten year old friend, Natasha, was murdered in a drive by shooting, and that she witnessed the recent shooting death of Khalil, her close friend, by a police officer, he wants to be there for her, but she is not sure she wants him to let him into her worldview or to experience her lifestyle.

The author highlights the differences in the lives of Starr and her family when compared to her private school friends. How can the differences, injustices and misunderstandings in our “bubble” communities be addressed? Why are there so many misinterpretations and over-reactions by those in the two communities and those charged with protecting them? Why do police officers assume that a person of color is immediately suspect? Why do minorities distrust authority? I haven’t walked in the shoes of those who live in oppressed neighborhoods, although I am part of a minority, as a Jew. My background’s oppression has been different, although horrific as well. I don’t believe that I can fully comprehend the mindset or the prejudice that exists in poor minority communities.  I haven’t watched as my friends were harassed by law enforcement or seen their unarmed friends senselessly gunned down. Living “while black” is not a condition a white person can understand or judge alone. For an honest assessment of the issues and concerns presented in this book and perhaps an honest approach to changing them, an honest dialogue between all parties is required, honest being the watchword. Some responsibility exists on all sides of the dilemma and must be acknowledged.

I had questions, as I read, that still remain unanswered, questions that a person of color might mock, i.e. why would a black person want to sound uneducated to be cool? Why is that cool? I wanted to lose my Jewish inflection as fast as I could so that I would fit in with the mainstream of America and open locked doors. Why wouldn’t a person of color dress for success? I can understand why some turn to lives of crime, almost as if they have no choice, because they need money, but why do so many turn to a life of crime? Why are the gangs in charge? Why is education mocked? Why is crime glorified in the so-called “hood?” How did the gangs get so much control that even the residents live in fear of them? Why are policeman so afraid in those neighborhoods, that when they are confronted, they become trigger happy? As a white person, I can’t answer those questions? My initial impulse is to respect authority, not to ignore it, to obey police officers and not to defy them. So if I am told to stop, I stop. If they tell me to keep my hands in one place, that is where my hands stay, if they speak to me in a way that I do not like, I generally swallow my pride and hold my tongue, I do not run because I am afraid to show defiance or resist their authority, but I am not afraid that I will be shot or hauled off because of my color.

The author has left me with the impression that the teenager was wrongfully murdered and had no responsibility in the outcome that took his life. His personal behavior seemed to have no bearing on what happened and was not interpreted to represent a threat to the officer. Only he was guilty, period. It didn’t help that the officer was portrayed as a blatant liar. The author wanted the reader to believe that the officer was totally guilty and the victim totally innocent. I believe that there has to be some gray area between the black and white of guilt or innocence.

The community wanted respect, once and for all, and when a verdict came down that they disapproved of, that wasn’t what they expected or hoped for, they took to the streets looting and rioting. Then when the police came to maintain order, they cried police brutality. If respect was demanded from the police, why wasn’t it also given to the police? If unlawful behavior like looting and rioting was the common practice everywhere, our society would be chaotic, and law enforcement would be completely powerless. Anarchy would prevail. There would be no safe space for anyone. Why, in protest, should a neighborhood’s lifeblood be destroyed to show disappointment? Why disabuse the merchants of their positive reasons to serve the community by destroying their investments?

Still, overall, I found the novel to be eye-opening. No one deserves to be murdered by a policeman or a rival gang member, but the aura of false bravado that is being elevated to acceptable standards seems to be a false solution. The author has done a wonderful job of showing how a community can come together to fight against what is destroying it. She reveals and explores the layers of distrust that exist.  I don’t think enough emphasis was placed on the broad fear that the police officers’ have for their own safety. Denying the reality of the danger in their community won’t correct the situation that exists, let alone eradicate the outright bias on both sides. Still, beyond the shadow of a doubt shooting an unarmed man is problematic, but what should a policeman do, if his authority is mocked, if he is disobeyed and fears for his own life? Should he presume someone running away is innocent of criminal behavior? Should he let the suspect get away? I wondered which came first, the community’s fear of law enforcement or law enforcement’s fear of the community. Then I had one final thought, if a policeman is harassing a victim, does the victim have the right to fight back and if so, how?

The author’s political persuasion was pretty obvious, even though the dialogue in the book was subtle. She referred to one news network that she thought was prejudiced, and it was easy to guess which one it was. Why is an alternate opinion so difficult to accept and address? How can the problem be resolved if it is unaddressed?

The “hate u give” of the title refers to the idea that the minority community is underserved. It does not prepare anyone for a successful future. So, why is it that when alternatives are offered, there is resistance, especially if it is not offered by the left? Why not improve conditions regardless of how the offer is advanced?

I hope this book opens up some meaningful dialogue to help bring all people to the fount of success. This book cries out for discussion. In some ways it was flawed, i.e., the interracial nature of the relationship was really shown as a problem for Starr’s family, while Chris’ got barely a mention. He seemed to have pretty much free range to date whomever he pleased. However, overall, the main message of the story seemed authentic as it represented the collision of two disparate worlds. The narrator expertly portrayed each character in terms of personality and dialect and I was truly immersed in the book, feeling all of the emotions of the characters, all of the tension and all of the frustration. What I didn’t feel so much were the kumbaya moments.


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