Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, created to discuss books that book bloggers haven’t read yet and they’re usually books yet to be released. I ran across it when looking for new content ideas for The Book Blog Life, and it looked like so much fun. BUT I’m going to break the rules a little, it’s rare for me to be looking forward to book releases, PURELY because I’m so busy with everything else going on I don’t have the time to keep a track of sequels, and so forth. So I think I’m going to do books that are sat on my shelf for a little while and I can’t wait to read them so this week it will be The Hate U Give!The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray
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.
I have heard so much about this book, and I have only just bought it, which I’m really disappointed about if I’m honest. There is SO much hype around this book and the message it portrays that I think part of me was almost nervous about reading it and having to review it especially as it deals with such a sensitive topic. I am a HUGE believer in reviewing books regardless of whether they are good or bad, but this book is so emotive that I was worried about the backlash if I don’t like it.
Well, I’ve decided to jump on board and hope that I like it. Fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype!!
Have you read The Hate U Give? Did it live up to the expectations for you? Let me know in the comments!