Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Hate U Give (Jan 26)
For this week’s combo post I have chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I received a free copy of this earlier this week (I won it as part of a 2017 reading challenge). I haven’t started it yet, but plan to do that tomorrow, as long as I get my current read, Rowan & Eris, finished. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to getting it started. GoodReads has the following description:
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.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of The Hate U Give:
I shouldn’t have come to this party.
An interesting start. I wonder why not?
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of The Hate U Give:
Momma gets up and hugs him. “Thank you.” She walks him down the hall, toward the front door. “Be safe, okay? And text me when you get home.”
“Yes, ma’am. Sounding like our momma,” he teases.
“Whatever. You just better text me—”
“Okay, okay. Good night.”
Sounds like someone better not forget to text! Hopefully I’ll get into this one tomorrow. It sounds like it’ll be a great one anyway.