The Hate U Give revolves around 16 year old Starr who witnesses a fatal shooting of her close friend at the hands of a policeman.
Sometimes when I’m reading YA a lot of the female protagonists either read a lot younger than what they are supposed to be or come across a lot more mature. Starr however, feels very realistic. She is resilient, authentic, and embraces all the adversity she has had to face. I liked how we see her continually struggling to define who she really is, and learning accept her ‘hood side’ and allowing those two worlds to coincide.
I also loved the family dynamic in the story as well. They are all so committed to each other and always have each other’s backs! Starr and her siblings fight all the time yet they will not hesitate to jump in if they ever need help. Her parents fight all the time yet there is always that underlying love that connects them and their willingness to do absolutely anything for their children.
I liked the fact that Angie Thomas added Hailey’s character into the mix because these sorts of people exist in the world and their casual racism most often goes unnoticed and unchecked. As a person of color I very much related to what Starr had to deal with having a person like Hailey as your supposed best friend. The offhand remarks and unapologetic nature needs to be challenged in society and I am glad that Starr chose to stick up for herself and not allow her back into her life.
This was a fast paced, impactful book that challenges your thoughts and perception of the world and highlights racism, police brutality, discrimination, and prejudice that the black community has to deal with. It wasn’t a particularly entertaining book to read and I wouldn’t necessarily say I loved it… I would however highly recommend this book; it will definitely leave an impression on you!
⭐️4/5 stars If you can, read this book!
These are the five books from varying genres that I would really like to prioritize and read this year! They have all been on my TBR now for a while and I figured it was time I bit the bullet and gave them all a read!
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Loveboat, Taipei is about an 18 year old Chinese American named Ever who just wants to dance. However, her very strict parents won’t hear of it and insist that she goes to school and becomes a doctor. They decided for the summer before college to send her to Taipei to study Mandarin. Little do they know this the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I had a feeling after seeing the cover and reading the synopsis that I would enjoy this book and it was exactly what I had envisioned. It was a quick, entertaining, fun read full of mischief and antics.
Ever was a little too naïve at the start of the book for me. She really lets her parent’s walk all over her and won’t stand up for herself at all. I understand there are cultural differences and the expectations that Ever’s parents have put on her would have weighed her down over the years. I did appreciate transformation she undertakes over the course of the plot, where she finally finds her voice and passion and decides to pursue what she loves.
I found the romances progress a little too quickly. Ever definitely comes across as quite innocent and wholesome, so the fact that after only knowing these boys for a few weeks she makes the decision to sleep with them didn’t quite make sense to me. I think she mentions that she hasn’t even had a boyfriend before so it was just a little strange. Other than that detail I enjoyed the banter between them all. I mean it was a little bit predictable to be honest but the entertainment factor kept me from being too bothered!
I loved all of the culture that is interwoven with the plot. From all the different foods that Ever discovers and the nightlife over in Taipei as well as meeting all the other Chinese Americans and how they all differ. It definitely adds a layer of realism and depth to the story and I really enjoyed seeing these differences from Ever’s point of view.
⭐️4/5 stars Kind of like a YA version of Crazy Rich Asians
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most recent additions to my shelves. So these are the last 10 books that I have purchased and added to my collection!
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Lock Every Door follows our main character Jules over the course of 5 days after she is accepted as an apartment sitter for a very prestigious building in New York where some weird things start to occur.
Jules is very easy to relate to and empathise with. We learn a lot about her character over the course of the book and what she has had to endure not just in the last few weeks but also throughout her life with her family. These experiences definitely play a role in her decision making throughout the course of the plot and it makes sense why she chooses to do certain things. Not giving up on Ingrid after what happened to her sister and wanting to do whatever it takes to find out what happened.
I definitely didn’t trust any of the characters that live at the Bartholomew. Even when Jules started to talk to them all and make connections with them, there was just something about them all that felt off.
When Jules started putting two and two together through her search for Ingrid and finding these clues and uncovering secrets I was highly invested. When she came up with what she thought was the reasoning behind all of the disappearances I was completely on board with her theory. It made sense, especially since David went missing shortly after. Then when the actual reason is uncovered and Jules finds out the truth it is even more shocking as it has nothing to do with any otherworldly, satanic rituals.
The pacing was very well done, I thought the premise was very original and captivating. The steady rise in tension throughout the plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the mystery aspect kept my highly entertained!
⭐️4/5 stars Suspenseful, tense, shocking!