The Hate U Give

 The Hate You Give is a revolutionary narrative that tackles various social issues  today all stemming from the ugly root that is police brutality. Stemming from police brutality, this novel connects the plight of a low income neighborhood in which gang violence is prevalent, however, the insight this novel gives into the lives of those within this neighborhood makes you fully understand the constant cycle of disenfranchisement leading to crime that is so widespread through these neighborhoods.   Starr Carter is the product of having been brought up in Garden Heights, though she has been a witness to both of her childhood best friends murders, one by drive by when she was 10 and one by cop as a 16 year old, she still manages to find her voice and speak for Khalil as he was silenced senselessly by police brutality.   Starr navigates coping with the loss of the person who knew her before her innocence was stripped by the police shootings, speaking up and testifying in seeking justice for Khalil, dealing with the breakdown of the division between who she is in Garden Heights and who she is at her mainly white affluent school and dealing with threats from the biggest drug dealer in town.   There are many moving parts in this ever-changing narrative that are all products of disenfranchised low income neighborhoods. Every character plays a key role in the storyline, Starr’s parents, Big Mav, a former gang banger and Lisa who wants nothing more than to get her family out of Garden Heights represent the cycle that comes out of poverty in low income neighborhoods.   After the shooting the media paints Khalil in a negative light putting more emphasis on the fact that he sold drugs instead of the fact that a police officer killed him in cold blood. Starr made a good point when she said it’s like they put Khalil on trial instead of the murderer , like the fact that he was a drug dealer makes him any less of a person with a life, a family and a story. Starr's voice is a force as she becomes an activist facing the media and painting Khalil as she knew him, the uncorrupt Khalil who did nothing wrong.  These ill fated grievances all to familiar like those of Trayvon Martin, Antwon Rose and Tamir Rice, all teens whose lives have been taken by those who are supposed to protect us. All of which had no justice while murderers walk free. Why would this case with Khalil be any different.    This narrative dutifully portrays what happens time and time again when young black males in this age group are brutalized and harassed by the police. The media always, without fail find something, anything to dig up to demonize the victim. Whatever these children did in the past doesn't matter. What matters is the life that was stripped from them, the innocence taken from them, they’re light stolen from them.   Symbolism evveloped its pages that made it even more riveting, even the title has a hidden meaning derived from Tupac Shakurs' belief in THUG LIFE, which can be seen through multiple lenses, as a reckless lifestyle or as Tupac believed THUG LIFE means "The Hate U Give Little Infants F--ks Everyone". This anagram becomes a theme throughput the novel because, as Khalil put it, "what society gives us comes back to bite them in the ass when we wild out". Which is exactly what happens in Garden Heights as a result of Khalil's murder, the community has been force fed police brutality and injustice for years and now is being brought to light and the community has had enough and is fighting back in Khalil's name. Perhaps "roses growing from concrete" is among my favorite metaphor representing the characters.   This book spoke to me and made me see a new perspective that many people in low income communities get involved in a world of crime in order to make money because they’re are no proper jobs in the neighborhood that can help to feed a family, the schools in the neighborhood set these children up for failure, and many of the teens have terrible role models and those who do have success have gained it through gang-banging. The life choices that people in low income communities have to make in order to survive and have a glimpse of success.   The Hate U Give is a book that transcends all walks of life, I think everyone needs to read this. to catch a glimpse and really understand where the other side is coming from. I truly believe that if more people today read this book there would be less bigots in this world that are okay with seeing the injustice unfold in the world we live in.

The Hate You Give is a revolutionary narrative that tackles various social issues  today all stemming from the ugly root that is police brutality. Stemming from police brutality, this novel connects the plight of a low income neighborhood in which gang violence is prevalent, however, the insight this novel gives into the lives of those within this neighborhood makes you fully understand the constant cycle of disenfranchisement leading to crime that is so widespread through these neighborhoods. 

Starr Carter is the product of having been brought up in Garden Heights, though she has been a witness to both of her childhood best friends murders, one by drive by when she was 10 and one by cop as a 16 year old, she still manages to find her voice and speak for Khalil as he was silenced senselessly by police brutality. 

Starr navigates coping with the loss of the person who knew her before her innocence was stripped by the police shootings, speaking up and testifying in seeking justice for Khalil, dealing with the breakdown of the division between who she is in Garden Heights and who she is at her mainly white affluent school and dealing with threats from the biggest drug dealer in town. 

There are many moving parts in this ever-changing narrative that are all products of disenfranchised low income neighborhoods. Every character plays a key role in the storyline, Starr’s parents, Big Mav, a former gang banger and Lisa who wants nothing more than to get her family out of Garden Heights represent the cycle that comes out of poverty in low income neighborhoods. 

After the shooting the media paints Khalil in a negative light putting more emphasis on the fact that he sold drugs instead of the fact that a police officer killed him in cold blood. Starr made a good point when she said it’s like they put Khalil on trial instead of the murderer , like the fact that he was a drug dealer makes him any less of a person with a life, a family and a story. Starr's voice is a force as she becomes an activist facing the media and painting Khalil as she knew him, the uncorrupt Khalil who did nothing wrong.

These ill fated grievances all to familiar like those of Trayvon Martin, Antwon Rose and Tamir Rice, all teens whose lives have been taken by those who are supposed to protect us. All of which had no justice while murderers walk free. Why would this case with Khalil be any different.  

This narrative dutifully portrays what happens time and time again when young black males in this age group are brutalized and harassed by the police. The media always, without fail find something, anything to dig up to demonize the victim. Whatever these children did in the past doesn't matter. What matters is the life that was stripped from them, the innocence taken from them, they’re light stolen from them. 

Symbolism evveloped its pages that made it even more riveting, even the title has a hidden meaning derived from Tupac Shakurs' belief in THUG LIFE, which can be seen through multiple lenses, as a reckless lifestyle or as Tupac believed THUG LIFE means "The Hate U Give Little Infants F--ks Everyone". This anagram becomes a theme throughput the novel because, as Khalil put it, "what society gives us comes back to bite them in the ass when we wild out". Which is exactly what happens in Garden Heights as a result of Khalil's murder, the community has been force fed police brutality and injustice for years and now is being brought to light and the community has had enough and is fighting back in Khalil's name. Perhaps "roses growing from concrete" is among my favorite metaphor representing the characters. 

This book spoke to me and made me see a new perspective that many people in low income communities get involved in a world of crime in order to make money because they’re are no proper jobs in the neighborhood that can help to feed a family, the schools in the neighborhood set these children up for failure, and many of the teens have terrible role models and those who do have success have gained it through gang-banging. The life choices that people in low income communities have to make in order to survive and have a glimpse of success. 

The Hate U Give is a book that transcends all walks of life, I think everyone needs to read this. to catch a glimpse and really understand where the other side is coming from. I truly believe that if more people today read this book there would be less bigots in this world that are okay with seeing the injustice unfold in the world we live in.

Book Haul

 A few weeks ago I went to Barnes and Noble, possibly my favorite place on earth, and went all out, I bought some books that I am immensely excited to read and blog about.   Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare  I've been a fan of all of Cassandra Clare's books since I read The Mortal Instruments, this author has an innate power to create a realm that transports the reader and creates an attachment to the characters in a realm that is almost familial. Lady Midnight, spin off of The Mortal Instruments, where the Mortal Instruments takes place at the New York Institute, Lady Midnight takes place in Los Angeles, with a new group of Shadow hunters. It will be very interesting to see how the characters in Lady Midnight will be related to the ancestors in The Infernal Devices, prequel to Mortal Instruments. I had to get this book so I can find out what happens to everyone in New York as well as Emma who idolized the characters in The Mortal Instruments. I have no doubt that I will become obsessed with this series, which happens every time I read a work of Cassandra Clare's.  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  I've seen many people raving about this book, the subject of this piece is vital for young people to read about, in today's social climate, race and police brutality play a major role in several communities. What inspired the author is a truly riveting story of how a shooting that took place thousands of miles away affected her on a personal level. The authors courage to discuss such a raw topic is what immediately drew me to this book, the author, Angie Thomas is truly inspiring and I cannot wait to be moved by this read.  The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon  This read is written by the author of "Everything Everything" and I am pretty mush obsessed with her writing, she makes her words cosmic in a way, like the universe is constantly conspiring in just the right way for the characters. This book revolves around two people from completely different walks of life coming together because the Universe deems it possible. The story is also told from many different perspectives as the characters have slight interactions with them. I was drawn to this book because of the way the Universe seems to be personified. I'm certain Nicola Yoon wont disappoint.  Everyday by David Leviathan   This book interested me because of the story line, a teen waking up in a different body each day,  the story line is bound to end with a moral understanding for both the main character and the reader. The main character will be on a journey, witnessing how how people live in all walks of live, which will make the main character appreciate ones own situation more. Everyday seems like a short meaningful read.  Cold Summer by Gwen Cole  This book drew me in because the story line consisted of a teen with time traveling abilities, naturally as a Doctor Who fan anything with time travel interests me. The journey to understand his ability that the main character is on should prove interesting and I am excited to see how the main character will navigate through time while finding himself in the process.  Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon  Don't Close Your Eyes boasts of an interesting plot of a girl having the ability to enter another's dreams, this plot is very compelling because the main character can enter someone else's subconscious and see they're inner desires. It will be interesting to see how the main characters relationships develop and how she navigates through her journey.  Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle  I picked up this book because there is something whimsical and mystical about the plot, not to mention that it takes place in Ireland which is possibly one of the most magical places on earth. This book revolves around a group of teens loosing things in town, stumbling across a spell book and getting to the bottom of the mystery. This should be a lighthearted energizing read.  The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate  This series seems to be incredibly intriguing, after reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices I needed a new series to delve into, and The Fallen Series seems like a good fit. The Fallen Series showcases a complex paranormal story line that I hope is not filled with too much teen angst. The main character, Luce, seems to go through a whirlwind of finding herself within her power to see shadow beings while navigate through her new surroundings. The Fallen Series also boast a form of a Dystopian society within Luce's new surroundings. This series has all the makings of a perfectly worthy of obsessing over series.  As you can see, whenever I go to Barnes and Nobel I go all out, now that I have all of these exciting reads I don't really know where to start. Currently I'm reading "The Sun is Also a Star" and it is amazing, Nicola Yoon does not disappoint, I highly recommend anything she writes. 

A few weeks ago I went to Barnes and Noble, possibly my favorite place on earth, and went all out, I bought some books that I am immensely excited to read and blog about. 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I've been a fan of all of Cassandra Clare's books since I read The Mortal Instruments, this author has an innate power to create a realm that transports the reader and creates an attachment to the characters in a realm that is almost familial. Lady Midnight, spin off of The Mortal Instruments, where the Mortal Instruments takes place at the New York Institute, Lady Midnight takes place in Los Angeles, with a new group of Shadow hunters. It will be very interesting to see how the characters in Lady Midnight will be related to the ancestors in The Infernal Devices, prequel to Mortal Instruments. I had to get this book so I can find out what happens to everyone in New York as well as Emma who idolized the characters in The Mortal Instruments. I have no doubt that I will become obsessed with this series, which happens every time I read a work of Cassandra Clare's.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I've seen many people raving about this book, the subject of this piece is vital for young people to read about, in today's social climate, race and police brutality play a major role in several communities. What inspired the author is a truly riveting story of how a shooting that took place thousands of miles away affected her on a personal level. The authors courage to discuss such a raw topic is what immediately drew me to this book, the author, Angie Thomas is truly inspiring and I cannot wait to be moved by this read.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This read is written by the author of "Everything Everything" and I am pretty mush obsessed with her writing, she makes her words cosmic in a way, like the universe is constantly conspiring in just the right way for the characters. This book revolves around two people from completely different walks of life coming together because the Universe deems it possible. The story is also told from many different perspectives as the characters have slight interactions with them. I was drawn to this book because of the way the Universe seems to be personified. I'm certain Nicola Yoon wont disappoint.

Everyday by David Leviathan 

This book interested me because of the story line, a teen waking up in a different body each day,  the story line is bound to end with a moral understanding for both the main character and the reader. The main character will be on a journey, witnessing how how people live in all walks of live, which will make the main character appreciate ones own situation more. Everyday seems like a short meaningful read.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

This book drew me in because the story line consisted of a teen with time traveling abilities, naturally as a Doctor Who fan anything with time travel interests me. The journey to understand his ability that the main character is on should prove interesting and I am excited to see how the main character will navigate through time while finding himself in the process.

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes boasts of an interesting plot of a girl having the ability to enter another's dreams, this plot is very compelling because the main character can enter someone else's subconscious and see they're inner desires. It will be interesting to see how the main characters relationships develop and how she navigates through her journey.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

I picked up this book because there is something whimsical and mystical about the plot, not to mention that it takes place in Ireland which is possibly one of the most magical places on earth. This book revolves around a group of teens loosing things in town, stumbling across a spell book and getting to the bottom of the mystery. This should be a lighthearted energizing read.

The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate

This series seems to be incredibly intriguing, after reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices I needed a new series to delve into, and The Fallen Series seems like a good fit. The Fallen Series showcases a complex paranormal story line that I hope is not filled with too much teen angst. The main character, Luce, seems to go through a whirlwind of finding herself within her power to see shadow beings while navigate through her new surroundings. The Fallen Series also boast a form of a Dystopian society within Luce's new surroundings. This series has all the makings of a perfectly worthy of obsessing over series.

As you can see, whenever I go to Barnes and Nobel I go all out, now that I have all of these exciting reads I don't really know where to start. Currently I'm reading "The Sun is Also a Star" and it is amazing, Nicola Yoon does not disappoint, I highly recommend anything she writes. 

The Divergent Series

 The divergent series, beautifully written by Veronica Roth vividly documents a sixteen year old girls journey to find her place in a dystonian society in which one belongs to one faction or none at all. These books illustrates an intriguing take on dystopian societies in which, as a coming of age ceremony all citizens must choose which faction they wish to belong to, a decision that is mind blowing and definitive. As the main character -Tris - makes this decision, she realizes she has an aptitude for several factions instead of just one. Having an aptitude for more than one faction means that the person is divergent, or genetically perfect. The series takes the reader or a journey that conveys the importance of being an individual; additionally the story connects to a similar journey that teens may face, going through life trying to find where they belong and who they are. Tris' story spoke to me because of its unforeseen twists and turns and how it transcends into the world we live in today, where there are a growing number of dystopian populations due to many facets like warfare, political and socio-economical problems. Although the romance aspect was somewhat impractical and developed way too swiftly, the message and story was highly intriguing and complex and I would recommend this trilogy to any teen. 

The divergent series, beautifully written by Veronica Roth vividly documents a sixteen year old girls journey to find her place in a dystonian society in which one belongs to one faction or none at all. These books illustrates an intriguing take on dystopian societies in which, as a coming of age ceremony all citizens must choose which faction they wish to belong to, a decision that is mind blowing and definitive. As the main character -Tris - makes this decision, she realizes she has an aptitude for several factions instead of just one. Having an aptitude for more than one faction means that the person is divergent, or genetically perfect. The series takes the reader or a journey that conveys the importance of being an individual; additionally the story connects to a similar journey that teens may face, going through life trying to find where they belong and who they are. Tris' story spoke to me because of its unforeseen twists and turns and how it transcends into the world we live in today, where there are a growing number of dystopian populations due to many facets like warfare, political and socio-economical problems. Although the romance aspect was somewhat impractical and developed way too swiftly, the message and story was highly intriguing and complex and I would recommend this trilogy to any teen. 

The Infernal Devices.

 The Infernal Devices, the predecessor to the Mortal Instruments, is one of the best series with a not so typical love triangle I have ever read. The series starts off in Victorian London which I find was a very accurate portrayal of the time period. The main character may start off dry, however her story is one of the most interesting I have read. You becomes so attached to the characters that you may be unable to choose which pairing in the love triangle should prevail. The main character-Tessa- may be typical in the beginning however as the story develops every character plays an immense role in the developments of the society as shown in the successor series. Tessa became a force to be reckoned with, her power being present for generations to come. In addition, William Herondale, is one of the most devastatingly beautiful characters in the series both inside and out. Cassandra Clare really outdid herself while creating this series, the author created dazzling characters that had enormous effects on the present and future time period of the series, laying the foundation of countless stories. It is devastatingly hard not to get attached to every character as Cassandra Clare creates a close knit environment between the reader and the characters. I would definitely and unequivocally recommend anything Cassandra Clare writes. I'm a total fan girl of her work.   

The Infernal Devices, the predecessor to the Mortal Instruments, is one of the best series with a not so typical love triangle I have ever read. The series starts off in Victorian London which I find was a very accurate portrayal of the time period. The main character may start off dry, however her story is one of the most interesting I have read. You becomes so attached to the characters that you may be unable to choose which pairing in the love triangle should prevail. The main character-Tessa- may be typical in the beginning however as the story develops every character plays an immense role in the developments of the society as shown in the successor series. Tessa became a force to be reckoned with, her power being present for generations to come. In addition, William Herondale, is one of the most devastatingly beautiful characters in the series both inside and out. Cassandra Clare really outdid herself while creating this series, the author created dazzling characters that had enormous effects on the present and future time period of the series, laying the foundation of countless stories. It is devastatingly hard not to get attached to every character as Cassandra Clare creates a close knit environment between the reader and the characters. I would definitely and unequivocally recommend anything Cassandra Clare writes. I'm a total fan girl of her work.   

The Mortal Instruments.

 The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is a series that I can say has actually swept me up in its amazing story. Throughout reading this series it is hard not to fall in love with a majority of the characters and their futures. The first book may start off dry with the main characters typical damsel in distress dynamic being very prevalent, however as the series goes on the main character comes into her own, discovering who she is and what she stands for. As the series went on, it was severely hard not to fall for the big finish - evil character, this character - Sebastian - was one of the most dynamic evil characters I have ever read about. His reveal, his mind, his way of life was so evil that it was beautiful. It wasn't until this series that I actually found a villain that I may have, in the slightest bit, wanted to win. I was already attached to these characters from reading the Infernal Devices (which will have a review) which is about these characters ancestors that paved the way for their lives today. This series and its predecessor were such gems that I would recommend this authors writings to anyone. Cassandra Clare has the power to have the reader be engulfed in the story and the ability to make such dynamic characters that will inevitably stay in ones mind and soul forever.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is a series that I can say has actually swept me up in its amazing story. Throughout reading this series it is hard not to fall in love with a majority of the characters and their futures. The first book may start off dry with the main characters typical damsel in distress dynamic being very prevalent, however as the series goes on the main character comes into her own, discovering who she is and what she stands for. As the series went on, it was severely hard not to fall for the big finish - evil character, this character - Sebastian - was one of the most dynamic evil characters I have ever read about. His reveal, his mind, his way of life was so evil that it was beautiful. It wasn't until this series that I actually found a villain that I may have, in the slightest bit, wanted to win. I was already attached to these characters from reading the Infernal Devices (which will have a review) which is about these characters ancestors that paved the way for their lives today. This series and its predecessor were such gems that I would recommend this authors writings to anyone. Cassandra Clare has the power to have the reader be engulfed in the story and the ability to make such dynamic characters that will inevitably stay in ones mind and soul forever.