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A book that must be read!

In February 2017, Angie Thomas published her debut novel  – and became an instant success. The Hate U Give offers a unique and engrossing look on the Black Lives Matter Movement and the inequality and injustices inherent in today's society. 

Deriving its name from Tupay Shakur's view "The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody" – THUGLIFE – Angie Thomas' novel focuses on the life changing events of one fateful night and 16 year-old Starr who is caught in the middle of a discussion of police brutality, the question of justice and the responyibilty towards one self. Discover The Hate U Give together with other readers!

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More about the book 
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. 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.

More about the author
Angie Thomas grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. Her first novel The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and some of the experiences she made when she was a child and teenager. She is a big fan of Tupac Shakur.

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Autor: Angie Thomas
Buch: The Hate U Give


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Interessantes Buch auf jeden Fall! Habe ich auch schon länger im Blick. Da ich aber leider ungern fremdsprachige Bücher lese, muss ich mich noch bis zum 24. Juli gedulden. :)


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How do you like the cover?

I've got the paperback of "The Hate U Give", which has a different cover. I personally prefer it, because it looks more serious. Don't get me wrong, the hardcover is pretty too but it looks a little "childish/cheerful" to me because of the comic-style.
Oh and i like the spine of my copy - the word THUG is written on it instead of the whole title - is it the same on the hardcover? I'm curious.

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2nd section: Chapter 6 to chapter 9

Mrs_Nanny_Ogg schreibt:
Somehow I cannot understand Starr. I mean, this I am black - you are White-Thing...Sometimes I have the Impression that Starr is overreacting.

I am uncertain. You know, I used to work in an environment where I had this one colleague who was very scared about his Job and it got him pretty sexist (I mean, he uttered some of that stuff even without that reason, just way less). Then we were grouped and it really got annoying, but some part of it not overt, first. After I while, I turned kind of to be...seeing dual meanings everywhere? Firing off against other guys as well?
I reckon if you constantly are under that type of pressure, it rubs off on you, both way: you know when it's it. And you sort of loose your composure?


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Black Lives Matter

I honestly do not think we get the full picture really - being safely away and living rather differently. I mean, yes, the gap is getting larger between poor and rich, but still, national health system is standard for Germany, we have some, but way less private schools, university fees are rather for administration - and thus, way less than in the US (so less of risk in general, less of a difference concerning basics). There are weapons, but not as freely available.
I know a number of black US-citizens who feel MUCH safer anywhere in Germany than most everywhere in the US.

On the other hand, there was some TV discussion on turkish integration just a few months ago - some lawyer whose parents immigrated from Turkey said he would always be the one to be stopped by the police in his expensive car, he would be checked entering court etc.
Still, I think it remains different, even if there a "no-go areas" for the police these days.


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1st section: Beginning to chapter 5

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3rd section: Chapter 10 to chapter 15
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Finally, Starr's Family wants to move from Garden Heights. Well, it's a threatening Situation though, with King and DeVante. I like Starr's Dad. He thinks very straight, Starr's Mom is great, too. Their talk at the Pancakes Restaurant ist very empathic and full of loving understanding. Hailey is a terrible Person. I was shocked when Maya told her, what she really thinks about Starr. I hope that everything will be good for Starr and her Family when they move away.


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4th section: Chapter 16 to chapter 20
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I am loving this book more and more. Starr is a very strong main character, and it was brave to give the interview. It felt so wrong reading about all the glamour in TV-world, and I think the Carter-family felt totally out of place. I love how Starr's family is supporting her no matter what happens. They love her deeply. And Sekani sometimes feels a bit out of place but he adds some laughter to the story.
Finally she tells Chris the trith. He had no right to be mad at her, but fortunately he understood in the end. They are such a sweet couple. And it was so funny when Seven knocked at the window ... he really cares about Starr.
The fight with Hailey was amusing as well even tough I really hate Hailey now. She is so unsensitive and doesn't care about other people. Grrr
The meeting of the King Lords at STarr's home took me by surprise but it was cool to see how they unite when it comes hard to hard.


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Schlehenfee schreibt:
When Hailey unfollows Starr's Tumblr, it feels like blocking the awful truth. Both girls want to continue to live in their happy bubble.

Ja, das fand ich auch spannend. Hailey scheint zu denken, Starrs politische Positionierung hätte nichts mit ihr zu tun, weil auch Starrs eigentliches Lebensumfeld nichts mit Hailey zu tun zu haben scheint.

Ich habe aber auch schon Leute auf Facebook gemutet, weil mir deren politische Statements zu viel wurden. Es ist ja auch eine Frage, wie Hailey das ganze wahrnimmt. Wenn sie der Überzeugung ist, dass die Polizei zuverlässig und freundlich ist, wird sie die Posting vielleicht tendenziell als "verschwörungstheoretisch" ansehen. Sie hat vielleicht nur positive Erfahrungen mit der Polizei gemacht ...

Aber dadurch wird eben auch wieder deutlich, wie unterschiedlich Starrs beide Lebenswelten sind. Interessant wäre noch, wie die Polizei sie im Williamsen-Kontext behandelt.


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2nd section: Chapter 6 to chapter 9
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Lupina15 schreibt:
The riots were intimidating. I never imagined that black families live in such fear of being attacked in their own house.

Wobei sie ja vor allem Angst vor ihren "eigenen Leuten" haben. Ich kann es mir gar nicht vorstellen, wie es sein muss, in einer so kriminellen Gegend zu wohnen und beispielsweise ständig Angst um die Kinder zu haben. Meine Wohngegend gilt (aktuell) aufgrund vieler Linksradikaler auch als kriminell, aber so habe ich das noch nie wahrgenommen. Allerdings waren MEINE Scheiben auch noch nicht eingeschlagen oder mein Auto abgefackelt.

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