Feature & Giveaway: Banned Books Week – The Hate U Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas
It’s Banned Books Week, which is a week long educational platform to celebrate the freedom to read, hosted by the American Library Association. The week long event (Septemeber 23rd-29th) is meant to bring awareness to books that are challenged across the country. Check your local library for events! Thank you to the Banned Books Week Coalition for their resources and continued work to make sure the battle against censorship continues!
Today we are going to focus on one of the top 10 most challenged books for 2017 – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has stayed on it for over 80 weeks, where it has spent most of it’s time at #1 spot. The Hate U Give has been adapted into a movie (movie rights sold long before the book was even published) and is releasing on October 5th in select cities and nationwide on the 19th! Mark your calendars!
In celebration of this pivotable book during Banned Books Week, we are giving away a movie tie-in edition and a Fandango movie gift card!
The Hate You Give (THUG) received 8 starred reviews and the smattering of awards on the covers should tell you of its greatness, including but not limited to: William C. Morris Debut Award Winner, Odyssey Audiobook Award Winner, Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, plus many more nominations. With all the praise and release in February of 2017, The Hate U Give was still the 8th most challenged book of 2017. Most notably, was the Katy Independant School District banning the book from the entire school district over “profanity” used in the book (a resounding fuck you from us to them). It has been restored in the school district but you must have your legal guardian’s permission to check out the title. The Banned Books Week coalition is already speculating that THUG will end up on the list for 2018 as well, as there have already been many additional challenges, and they expect more with the upcoming movie release, which will garner more readers to the original content.
The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray
on February 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
* insert eyeroll *
Kelly: Now I voted on every list for this to be the best book of the year (2017). It is such an important book, and the character driven narrative really moved me. I was immediately taken by the Carter family and the portrayal of our society. It’s even hard to say anything about this book, except I think everyone should read it. I think we can all learn something from these pages, no matter your race, age, or class. All of those dynamics were explored in this book and they all hit home. Nothing I can say will do this book justice, everyone just needs to read it!
Christy: I always think banned books say more about the people attempting to ban the material than the material itself. No surprise that The Hate U Give landed on the banned book list, with its exploration of police brutality and the injustice people of color face in our criminal justice system. Youth will change this country and we need books like The Hate U Give to share their voice. So grab this on audio (it’s fantastic) and soak in – then get ready to battle racism head on.
To win a movie tie-in edition of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as well as a Fandango Movie Gift Card – Leave a comment here, and go to both of our Instagrams (@diamondxgirl & @bookcrushin) for another chance to win! Giveaway ends on October 1st at midnight EST. All entries will be combined to pick one winner. USA/PR only (we’re sorry).
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<GIVEAWAY> To help raise awareness for #bannedbooksweek today on the blog we have our thoughts and review of The Hate U Give by @angiethomas and we are giving away a movie tie-in edition of the book with a Fandango Gift Card! ▪️ RULES: To enter- •Like & Comment on this post and talk to us about banned books you’ve read or THUG. •Tag at least one friend in same comment. •Go to @diamondxgirl And do the same. (Each comment on each account will be one entry a piece – for a total of 2 entries). •Go comment on the blog post at bookcrushin.com or link in bio for a third entry. •For a 4th chance share this post in your story & be sure to tag me so I can count your entry. •Giveaway ends on October 1st at midnight. Open to US/PR only (we’re sorry). All entries will be combined to pick one winner randomly. Not affiliated with the author, movie, instagram, Fandango, or any other entity but @diamondxgirl and myself. ▪️ #thug #thehateugive #thehateugivemovie #angiethomas #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek2018 #ampersand2018 #jaguarsushiseptember #bookgiveaway #hardcover #bookstagram #instabook #yacontemporary #yabookblogger #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookcollector #yalit #ireadya #igreads #bookcrushin