“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
What took me so long to read The Hate U Give? Now that I’ve read it, I have no idea! Starr lives with her mother, father, and two brothers in Garden Heights. A neighborhood full of violence, gangs, and now, police brutality. Starr has witnessed this violence first hand her whole life and is ready to speak up against it.
First, I have to commend the person who narrated the audiobook, Bahni Turpin was fantastic. I loved the voice of this book. It’s written from Starr’s perspective and it has its typical teenage girl moments. I love all of the pop culture and music references that are thrown in. I often found myself humming the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you’ve read the book, you know why.
The relationship between Starr and her father Maverick may be one of my all-time favorites. You can just feel the love they have for one another. And when Starr does something Maverick knows she shouldn’t be doing but wants to commend her for it, you can just feel it in the narrative. In reality, all the relationships in this book are ones you can relate to on a personal level. Consider the relationship between Hailey, Maya, and Starr. Hailey is that friend we’ve all had who somehow manages to get you to do whatever she wants. Hailey and Maya conquering this as teenagers is something we all had to go through.
This book made me laugh and definitely made me cry. There wasn’t one moment I wasn’t completely hooked into. Thomas did a great job of taking really tough topics and making them digestible for both young readers and adults. This one is a must-read for anyone. I still can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It was brilliant.
“When women are gathered together with no men around, they don’t have to be anything in particular; they can just be.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls
City of Girls is written as a letter from the main character, Vivian, to Angela, the daughter of a man we quickly find out has some kind of relationship with Vivian. Most of the story is based in New York City where Vivian lives with her Aunt at the Lily Playhouse. There’s drama, sex, laughs, and cries.
I have to start by saying, I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator did a phenomenal job of expressing the characters. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book. The parts at the Lily had me completely hooked. I loved that Vivian and many of her friends were early adopters of women in empowerment and had control over their bodies. This is unlike most of the novels I’ve read about the 1940s with the characters being prim and proper women or heroes. Elizabeth Gilbert did such a wonderful job of describing the Lily that I felt like I was in the playhouse with the characters. The reason I gave the book four stars is that the end felt extremely rushed to me. It felt completely displaced from the first part of the novel that went well in-depth into Vivan’s life. Besides that, it was a great read!
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When I travel I bring both a Kindle and real books so I never run out of material.
I have a pretty eclectic reading taste.
Football season really means reading season.
I love buying used books because I think they tell a story.
I’ve lived in the Denver Metro Area since 2008.
I have two dogs. A Lab mix named Hank and a German Shepherd mix named Remy.
I’m a plant mom too
I’ve been to 6 continents.
Don’t ask me what my favorite book is because I can never pick one.
Give me a book, some sunshine, and my dogs and I’m happy.