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The Hate U Give

There has been a lot going on in our country and I want to educate myself more and want to be strongly anti-racist. I like to read so I figure books would be a good place to start (on my own at least). And there are plenty of lists out there with recommendations. A group from college started a book club and we’re starting with a non-fiction, so I figured I’d go ahead on my own and read this novel I’ve heard so much about.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is technically fiction. The events portrayed did not happen to the author nor is it about any specific real person. It is however based on many actual events that have occurred for many years. A young black man being shot by the police for no reason is all too common a headline. Or, in a lot of cases, doesn’t even get a headline. In the book, the main character, Starr, is with her friend when this happens and she is the only witness. It happens in a “bad” part of town. She is sixteen years old. Starr’s life is thrown into a tailspin which is not made better by the fact that she attends a private, mostly Caucasian high school. So her friends there don’t know and wouldn’t understand.

I cannot imagine having to deal with something like this. And I will never understand how the Black community feels every time this happens. When this happens over and over. It makes me feel angry and sick, so I cannot imagine how the communities where these atrocities happen feel. Obviously not all police are bad. But something has to change for them to be held accountable when people are killed for no reason and for them to not automatically resort to deadly force. And this story is not afraid to make the situation feel more complicated. No one is perfect but that does not mean they deserve to die.

We have to do better. I want to do better. I know there’s not a whole I can do on my own, which makes me feel very helpless. But hopefully educating myself and having conversations helps in a small way. If everyone did the same, imagine what could happen! Definitely check out this book. It’s an emotional read but pretty quick and worth every minute. We watched the movie as well, and while it is powerful and emotional, the book is obviously better (as usual). But if you’re not a book person, at least check out the movie!

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The Lying Game

It was nice to revisit an author who writes spectacular thrillers. This is the fourth book by Ruth Ware I have read and I would recommend them all. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware did not disappoint. Four friends end up back together when one, Kate, send out a text, summoning them back to her hometown where they briefly went to boarding school. Something happened during the one year they were there and is now resurfacing, possibly implicating them all in something illegal. They are thrown back into the past, especially the three who do not live in Salten, as they try to figure out who they can trust and what actually happened those many years ago.

It will definitely keep you guessing trying to figure out who done it (although I was close the whole time and not completely off). Enjoy!

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City of Girls

I was on a pretty fast streak of reading but this book slowed me down a bit. Or maybe it’s just the timing. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert was fine but it was a little too long and boring at times. As an old woman, Vivian Morris responds to the daughter of a good friend who asked her how she knew her father and why they were such close friends. Vivian responds by telling her her entire life story, starting in the 1940s, when as a young college drop out she was shipped off by her parents to New York City to live with her aunt. A lot of the story was interesting and entertaining, but there was just too much of it. Vivian has lots of fun, gets into some trouble, and has a wake-up call to make her turn her life around. Overall, I just didn’t understand why this young woman would need to know every last gritty detail of Vivian’s life to explain to her how she and her dad became friends. It could have worked just as an old woman reminiscing about her life. It didn’t take up a huge part of the story – just didn’t make sense to me. Overall, the writing was great!

I’ve read other of Gilbert’s books and enjoyed them, this one just didn’t completely pull me in. But I’m almost halfway through my goal for the year! Let me know what you think!