Book Review: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Sorry about the Riverdale pin, just ignore it)

“When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me.

       One was the usual birds and bees. Well, I didn’t really get the usual version. My mom, Lisa, is a registered nurse, and she told me what went where, and what didn’t need to go here, there, or any damn where, till I’m grown. Back then, I doubted anything was going anywhere anyway. While all the other girls sprouted breasts between sixth and seventh grade, my chest was as flat as my back.

                                              The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.

Momma fussed and told Daddy I was too young for that.

He argued that I wasn’t too young to get arrested or shot.

          “Starr-Starr, you do whatever they tell you to do,” he said. “Keep your hands visible. Don’t make any sudden moves. Only speak when they speak to you.” 

I hope somebody had the same talk with Khalil. 

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This book guys….this book….is so good! I really don’t know what I have to say. It deals with such real issues that we have in our country (U.S.A) today. It really hits home. It deals with situations that black people have to go through. And, just like Christian Science Monitor says about this book, “If  The Hate U Give makes you uncomfortable, that’s because it should. Especially if you’re white and have read this book.

I am a white person and reading this book has really opened my eyes to what black people really have to go through. Of course I will never fully understand, but It really did open my eyes. This book deals with police brutality and riots and protests.

This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Starr Carter. She lives in a poor black neighborhood and goes to a suburban prep school. One night she is at a party, that she didn’t want to go to, and is just there with her friends. Then she sees a friend she hasn’t seen in a while named Khalil.

Suddenly the party ends because shots ring out and Khalil and Starr run to his car and drive off. Starr starts asking Khalil questions, and he doesn’t want to answer them. Then they get pulled over. The cop does the usual and Khalil is being a little smart but then the cop tells him to get out of the car for no reason. Things get out of control and the cop shoots Khalil. (No I’m not giving spoilers because you know what happens when you open the dust cover flap.)

This is the second time Starr has seen a friend murdered in front of her eyes. You’ll just have to read the book to see what happens then. Now this book just isn’t all tears and shock and anger, it has it’s funny moments and good moments. This book is powerful, heart-breaking, and just….amazing.

I like this book because it does bring to light the racism that is in this country today. How there is police brutality, white privilege, and many other bad things in this world. I hope you guys enjoy this book as much as I did.

If you want to get this book it is on sale in stores everywhere. I want to know in the comments: Have you read this book? What was your favorite part about it? How did it make you feel?

As always guys, have a good day and spread happiness!

Stay Humble

{Alexis}

 

 

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The Day I met Ellen Hopkins….

Alright guys! I am so excited to be sharing this story! I can’t believe it happened!

Please excuse my ugly face, but yeah there it is! Ellen Hopkins! I found out that she was coming to our town by chance when I saw our public library promote it on Facebook! I just couldn’t believe that such a big author would come to a town like Jonesboro (We hardly get any celebrities here, mainly country singers.) ! I called my mom right away and told her we had to go!

So that Tuesday night (the 10th of this month) we went to the library, purchased two books for her to sign (I purchased ‘Burned’, they didn’t have ‘Identical’.) and went to sit. She came on stage and told us her story and the story of how she came up with her first book in the series ‘Crank’. Basically it is really about her daughter and what happened to her.

She changed some names but almost everything in the book happened to her daughter. And I think she also said some of the things in ‘Glass’ was true too. Now some of her other books she did research on the stuff she wrote in them. She talked to actual victims of sexual trafficking, drug and sexual abuse.

Now my favorite book, besides Crank, in her series is ‘Identical’. I just love how she wasn’t afraid to go there and the twist ending! My head is still reeling from that!

All in all it was an awesome night and I was so happy when she signed my book! Oh and she liked my tweet on twitter and replied to it! ❤

I want to know; what is your favorite book by her? How did they make you feel? Did you relate to some of the things the stories were about? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always have a great day and Spread Happiness! Love you guys! ❤

Stay Humble

{Alexis}

 

Book Review: ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon

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This cute rom-com book is about a girl named Dimple Shah and a guy named Rishi Patel. And they couldn’t be more different!

Dimple Shah is a girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to do what she can to get it. She doesn’t want to be the ‘typical Indian daughter’ that her parents want her to be. She doesn’t want to be married, have kids, and then that’s it like her mother. She wants to do something with her life and when she sees a summer program for web developers, she couldn’t be more excited to go!

Rishi Patel is a boy who has always done what is expected of him. He loves the Indian traditions and hopes to have a great love story just like his parents. When he finds out that his future wife is going to a summer program he decides to go as well! He can’t wait to meet Dimple!

Now when these two meet it doesn’t go as planned. But perhaps fate has it’s own way of bringing them together? You’ll really be laughing, crying, and rooting for these two the whole book!

I love the cover! It is so beautiful and just plain amazing! I loved this book and hope you guys will too! You can purchase it at any bookstore such as; Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target and also online!

As always I hope you have a great week! Lots of love! ❤

Stay Humble

{Alexis}

 

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson book review!

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Hey guys! I’m back with another book review; so let’s get started!

‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson is a discover yourself, adventure type book. So if you’re into that kind of stuff then this book is for you! Now I chose this book because of the cover to be honest and plus I like reading about adventures! I think the cover is awesome and beautiful and the girls look so real, which the girls who posed for the pictures probably are, and I just love it!

Now about the book itself: It’s about these two best friends named Emily and Sloane. They spent practically everyday together for the last two years. Emily is more introverted and not out there and Sloane was the complete opposite. Right before they were supposed to have an epic summer, Sloane just disappears. All she leaves behind for Emily is a to do list of thirteen things that Emily would never ever do!

But Emily hopes that by doing these things on the list she can maybe find Sloane. She also meets people along the way who help her out.

I love this book because I relate to the main character Emily because I am introverted. Also I love the adventures she has while filling out the list. So if you want to check this book out it’s available wherever books are sold. And if you want to check out the author she has an instagram and twitter! Morgamat Insta Twitter

Alright guys that’s all I got for tonight! I hope you enjoyed this review! I hope you guys have a great night/morning/afternoon wherever you’re from! Leave a comment about your favorite book and I’ll check it out! 🙂

Choose Happiness and Kindness!

-Alexis

Goodbye February…

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Hey Guys! Well it’s the last day of February and almost the end of winter, although where I live we didn’t get much of a winter anyways. So let me catch you up on some things.

Our weather has been crazy here this winter. We have had snow, seventy degree weather, thunderstorms, and just about everything in between! I live in “tornado valley” and I’m surprised we haven’t had one yet. But tornado season is almost here. Tell me in the comments how the weather has been like in your area! 🙂

I know, I know; I haven’t been very good with my blogging. I do have some book reviews for you coming soon though! I also have a book called ‘The Unexpected Everything’ by Morgan Matson coming in the mail tomorrow and I can’t wait to read it! You guys should really check out her book ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’, it’s really good!

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Since You’ve Been Gone; Great Read! 

Now my personal life I’ve just been busy with work and other things. My sisters twenty second birthday was the twenty fourth and she’s in Florida with some friends right now. I went to my friends birthday dinner at Kandela’s on the eleventh. It’s a Mexican restaurant and very delicious! ❤  I got a playstation four finally! I only have a few games with it but I am in love with it! I got Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, and Elder Scrolls Online.

                                Me and my sister Haley  ❤              My Friend Ashley on her birthday!                                                    

Well that’s it on the exciting things on my life! I hope you guys had a good February and I hope March brings you all awesomeness and happiness! ❤

Choose Happiness and Kindness!

-Alexis 

Book Review: Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

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Here is my review of Joey Graceffa’s book that came out Oct. 4th, 2016: 

In my personal opinion I loved it. Basically it’s about a girl named Rowan and how she has lived her life as a “second child” in a post apocalyptic world. Eden was created to help save what was left of the human population and to help Earth get better again because humans were destroying it. So a guy named Al-Paz came up with Eden, a sanctuary where the rest of the human population could live, while Earth could try to “repair” itself.

Now because there were very limited resources they had to come up with a law that there could only be one child per family. If a second child is caught they are either put to death or become slaves. Rowan was born as a twin. Her brother Ash was born first. But her parents didn’t want to give her up so they hid her in their home. They had a wall so she could go outside but not be seen. Ash would come home from school and tell Rowan everything she wanted to know.

That’s all the “spoilers’ you’re going to get from me! 😉

The book is really well written and you do get into the characters. I believe anyone who reads this will enjoy it. Especially if you are into post-apocalyptic books. I really want to se this made into a movie.

If you want to check out this book you can go to Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, or wherever books are sold! Also if you want to check out the author you can go to his Youtube channel here: Joey Graceffa  ❤

Alright guys that’s it for today! Have a great day and I’ll see you soon! 🙂

Choose Happiness and Kindness!

-Alexis