I’m proud of myself- I’ve been reading so much more lately! Sure, picking up my computer and logging into Netflix is still my first instinct, but I’ve definitely been spending a larger portion of my time bettering my brain through literature. That being said, I’ve got two books to share with you today that I really loved.
ONE// The Hate U Give
Oh. My. Gosh. This book.
As the reader, you are thrown into a timeline of events, all transpiring after an incident where a young African American girl witnessed her best friend’s murder at the hands of a police officer.
From the first chapter of this story, I was hooked. The story written in these pages is raw, honest, captivating, frustrating, and moving. Whenever I stopped reading for the day, I would pace around my house, ranting out-loud to no one and strategizing how to change the world. The commentary on race in our society that this book provides is thought provoking, to say the least. It actually made me angry, as if I was living through some of the events taking place.
The Hate U Give reminded me a lot of All American Boys, a text written for younger ages but of a similar content and powerful, all the same. I would recommend either of these, both of these, in the hopes that you may feel exactly what I did.
I wanted to read this book a little while ago when it was in my dad’s collection, but he donated it before I got the chance. Luckily, my grandmother had not one, but two copies in her library and graciously gave me one. I kid you not, I read it in four (vacation) days flat.
This story is quiet and charming, heartbreaking and beautiful. It follows two characters: a blind, French girl and a tech-inclined, German boy. Their paths twist and cross, all while they navigate their own lives during World War II. It’s a story that will make you both laugh and cry, falling deep into the tough realities people experienced during this period. I’m not a huge history buff or anything, but I can’t imagine a better backdrop for this story. I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good read.
What books are you reading this month? My review previous to this can be found here, but I would love to hear some of your picks!