The Hate U Give August Book Club Review by Amber Fillerup of Barefoot Blonde

Barefoot Blonde Book Club : The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I mentioned that this month I was reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and I flew through it so fast, I loved it! I originally found out about it because on my flight there were two girls about my age reading it and they read it non-stop almost the entire flight. Half way into the flight I was like ok I have to know what this book is about! I googled it and started reading reviews and bought it.

It is about a 16-year-old girl named Starr who witnesses a police shooting her unarmed friend when they are pulled over. She takes you through what it is like from her point of view and  it really helped me understand the Black Lives Matter movement even more and really realize the importance of it. Not that I didn’t before, but this book gives you such a great perspective that it just takes it a step further because you really connect with Starr.

I think it is so great for anyone to read especially if like me you grew up somewhat sheltered. It really helps to see a different perspective on this very important problem we are having with police brutality in today’s society. The Hate U Give also comes out in movie theaters in October! So hurry and read it so you can go see it too. I think it is such a good read for anyone! You can find the book here.

The next book I am starting is Girl, Wash Your Face – this was the most recommended book by you guys on insta!!! So I am giving it a go. 🙂

My Past Book Discussions

Looking for another book I have discussed and reviewed? Here is a list of my current book reviews. Have a book you want me to read? Let me know in the comments.

1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

2. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 

My Favorite Children's Books

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  1. As one of your followers of color, I really appreciate you using your platform to discuss a very relevant issue that is taking place during this weird, intense time of our history! Thank you for using your voice to elevate a part of my community, Amber.

  2. One of the things I really like about you & your space is that you acknowledge your background is a little sheltered and you take steps to change that for yourself, and put that out into the world even though it can be contentious. I loved this book as well, and read it about the same time as you. I definitely think it’ll be on the “required reading list” for middle & high school students in 30-40 years.

  3. The previews for this movie look like they made it solely to incite anger and violence against police. I can’t believe that you are endorsing this. The book is completely one-sided, right? Black Lives Matter is a hate group. It’s all b.s. Look at the other side before endorsing junk like this. It’s ridiculous. People need to teach their children to do what the police tell them to do when they are pulled over, or in any other situation. File a complaint after. When an officer tells a driver to step out of the car, it’s for officer safety. It’s horrible and sad when innocent citizens DON’T listen and are shot and/or killed. Don’t reach into your car when the officer tells you to show your hands. OFFICER SAFETY.

  4. I really liked this book! If you’re interested in more content that shows different perspectives, I’ve liked Dear White People on Netflix and the podcasts The Nod, Code Switch, Another Round, and See Something, Say Something. Having grown up fairly sheltered too, it has been really interesting, especially these past few years, as I get more exposure to different experiences than my own.

  5. Sounds like an interesting read, I’ll give it a try as I’m looking for a new book!

  6. Thanks for using your platform to educate and spread knowledge about topics like this. As a woman of color who often feels left out in the blogging world, I really really appreciate that 🙂 You are a good person ❤️

  7. Hi amber! I’m a 16 y/o girl and I read this book a year ago. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I recommend it to everyone, no matter their age. Everyone should read this book and know the important message that this book gives to the people who read it.

  8. I loved this book (can’t wait for the movie) and am so, so, so, glad to see you address Black Lives Matter and police brutality on your blog. Not fun topics by any means, but ones that absolutely deserve a platform. It really says a lot about your character that you’d address it 🙂

    briana | youngsophisticate.com

  9. So I need to read this! Being that I grew up pretty sheltered too I have really been trying to read more and understand things from differently perspectives. Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird (I know it’s and oldie but I’m only getting into these things now) it has really opened a whole new world to me. Can’t wait to read this book.

  10. This is amazing, Amber!! I hadn’t heard about this book, but your description makes me think I should for sure read it too. I try really hard to be sensitive and aware of issues like this, but there is always so much to learn about other people’s experiences.

  11. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. Definitely adding it to my TBR list 🙂

  12. LOVE this post. What a wonderful display of reflection, empathy& compassion.