A Review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“The Hate U Give” is a story about a young girl, named Starr Carter, who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend and the events that follow. Very relevant to today, the story focuses on telling the story of how the impact of losing a loved one affects not only the family but the community as well. Author Angie Thomas does a fantastic job of giving a voice to a community otherwise written off by the public eye.

Aside from the heart-wrenching storytelling, the language is one of my favorite things I enjoyed about the story. It doesn’t try to be anything else, but itself. The authenticity of the narrator makes the story feel genuine and gives the story life. I truly enjoyed the time spent on the development of the characters.

Final Thoughts:

Despite my general dislike of the sensitive subject matter, this book demanded to be heard and demanded to be read. It was hard to find things I didn’t like, and I learned so much about myself and my own worldviews reading this. I would 100% recommend this book to teens and adults alike. I give it a 5/5.

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A Review of The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

“The Jumbies” follows a young Caribbean girl named Corinne La Mer who lives happily with her father, next to a mysterious forest. Their world is turned upside down when they are visited by a beautiful woman wrapped in mystery. Now it is up Corrinne and her friend to save her family and their town from the dreaded forest dwelling creatures called the Jumbies.

I was very excited to read this book because I love stories about folktales and lore. Right away I was drawn in by the beautiful storytelling and bold and colorful characters. Tracey Baptiste does a great job of introducing us to Corinne’s world, through playful and detailed language. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about the Jumbies. Who are these creatures? What do they want? Where did they come from? That you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Final thoughts:

I loved the story, with its message of friendship, balance, and understanding. Read this to your child or have them read this to you, neither of you will be disappointed. I can’t wait to read the second book.

I give it a 5/5.

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