Genre: Family, Realistic Fiction, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: February 28th 2017
Publisher:Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pages: 464 pages ( Hardback)
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Oh Actuallyyyyyy…All the Stars
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Oh Boy do i wish i was a good enough reviewer to do this book justice!!!
This book is a must read for everyone. It was so raw, pure and realistic it makes you feel. This book is done so beautifully, written so flawlessly and emotionally charged unput down able mess.
This book is inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. And i love that its title name has a literal deep meaning behind tit portraying the wrong in our society.
“Pac said Thug Life stood for ‘ The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody’.”
Like for real hate begins and is rooted into you as a child you grow up as you see whats happening around you learn to hate from seeing hate.
This book is so authentic with such genuine voices that make you so rooted to their story and feeling all the raw emotions.
“It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”
“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”
This story is a girl named Starr Carter who is the only witness to seeing Khalil, her unarmed best friend, get shot by a white cop. And Starr has already seen one of her best friends get shot when she was 10, now at 16 she has gone thorough that all over again, and when Khalil dies, it honestly changes her life sooo much. She is the sole witness to the murder and she has to speak out and need to get justice. And stop all the fake and untrue stories spreading.
I honestly loved all the character expect the bad ones you obviously are supposed to hate. Starr was mixture of bubbly with a side of bad ass when taken to that level. Her family was so tight knit and close. Their dynamic was amazing. I loved how much the cared for each other. The funny banter between all of them.
“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”
“Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving. One-Fifteen”
“When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you’ll get hurt.”
“This is exactly what They expect you to do,” Momma says.
They with a capital T.
There’s Them and then there’s Us.
Sometimes They look like Us and don’t recognize They are Us.”
“Holy shit. Who the fuck complains about going to Harry Potter World? Or Butter Beer? Or wands? I”
This book is a master piece it manages to break your heart and than also leaves you warm and fuzzy the next page.
I don’t know what else to say but if you wanna be moved, laugh or just be enlighten. Read this book. Its done so well and so beautifully you just end up saying wow as you turn that last page!! Everyone should read this book. It not just about black lives its about humanity and how inclined towards hate we are these days. How killing is such a normal thing now. LIVES MATTER PEOPLE MATTER REGARDLESS OF RACE , GENDER , SKIN COLOR, ETHNICITY .