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When the World Give You Hate

If you haven't read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas then stop right now. Do not read any further. Go to your local library and check it out. You maybe on a waiting list for the title since it has garnered much interest since it's debut. In fact it even caught the attention of Hollywood and will soon be in theaters as a motion picture. Now I am about to delve into a bit of a review and there might be a spoiler or two. So again, I urge you to stop reading this post and come back to my blog after you have read the book. For those who have read the book please proceed.

Why has The Hate U Give attracted so much attention? Honestly, because it is a fast-paced, moving storyline told from a side that is not often seen. The story is relatable to many who struggle with the same issues covered in the book.

Synopsis: Starr is a 16 year-old girl living in the "hood" and going to a rich private school. It is hard enough to deal with the everyday drama of life, but then she witness…
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126 pages
ISBN: 9781511476461

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