Shelf Control is a feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and appears every Wednesday. This feature is all about celebrating the books waiting to be read on your TBR pile. To participate, all one does is picks a book from their TBR and writes a post about it–usually what the book is all about, what makes you want to read it and such.
My pick for this week, my twenty-first time participating, is probably among the most popular or the most popular book around, and one that deals with a rather serious theme. Of course, you’ve seen the picture already, and it is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
What It’s About: The Hate U Give is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds. She was born and raised in a poor neighbourhood, but attends a posh high school in the suburbs. After attending a party one night, she is being driven home by her friend Khalil. They are stopped by a white police officer who shoots and kills Khalil. Starr is the only witness, and what she says will not only impact her community but also put her life in danger.
My Edition, Where and When I Got It: My edition is a 2017 paperback published by Walker books (same as in the picture above). This was ordered online last month.
Why I want to read it: Partly I guess because I’ve been hearing so much about this book all over. But also because it deals with an issue so very relevant to today’s world–while the specific background is of course relevant to the one part of the world, things like this do happen in other places as well, and it will be interesting to see how it is addressed in the book.
The Author: Angie Thomas is an American author from Jackson, Mississippi. The Hate U Give is her first novel, and is influenced by some of her own experiences and stories of like events she encountered in the news.
So, have you read the Hate U Give yet, or seen the film version, or both? What did you think of the book and/or the film? Did it live up to the hype surrounding it or did you think otherwise? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
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