Published by Balzer & Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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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, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 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 upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was so hard to read. But that’s not because the writing was lacking or the story dull. THUG was hard to read because of how real it felt. This book is 100% worth the hype and should be on everyone’s TBR.
THUG tells the story of Starr Carter, a young black girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend. Knowing that an unarmed boy is shot by a police officer is hard to read in fiction, almost as hard as it is to read in the news. Yet it still happens. But the story follows Starr through the aftermath as she sees how it affects her, her family, and her community.
I’ve written and rewritten my review for this book many times. It’s hard to keep it from taking a political standpoint and to judge the book on the merits of the writing and characters, because the politics of the situation is so wrapped up in identity of this story. But that’s not all it’s about. It’s about these amazing characters and learning to do what’s right, standing up for what you believe in.
The writing in THUG is top notch and Ms. Thomas is able to take that hard to read story and make it so compelling, you won’t be able to put this book down until you get to the very end. Read Starr’s story and be inspired.
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