The Hate U Give Movie/Book Comparison and Movie Review

POWERFUL

If I had to use just one word to describe this movie that is the word that I would choose. It was the word that kept popping up in my mind scene after scene and dialogue after dialogue.

“Reasons to Live, Give Reasons to Die” This is the words that Starr’s Dad speaks to her when she apologizes for speaking up about Khalil’s death. That was the first scene that the words powerful came to my mind because it was such an impactful and unforgettable scene, and the scenes got better after this. Another scene that I thought was impactful and unforgettable was the scene between Starr and her uncle when she points out the differences between cops in a black neighborhood and cops in a white neighborhood.

I really enjoyed the range of emotions that were shown through Starr and how we finally get anger from her. I feel that so many times I’ve seen books to movies and the anger isn’t right but this was spot-on. I really enjoyed how difficult conversations and issues were handled through this movie and how the way things were handled were very similar to the book.

Something that I was thinking about during the protests and later on the riots was how we often times get desensitized by watching this happen on the news so often. I kept thinking about how so many of us just start to ignore what’s happening around us and I was glad that this movie forced you to listen. I mean the book made you listen and think about these things happening daily but the movie showed it to you and I think that you can’t ignore these occurrences once you see them.

Normally I always like the book more than the movie but in this instance I loved the movie and the book equally. I think that the addition of some scenes and the changing of the scenes from the book to the movie really added to the story versus taking away. The addition of the scene that occurs between Hailey and Starr at school was something that I really enjoyed because you see hurt and anger from Starr.

Now I don’t want to give you any real spoilers but I have to mention that the scene near the end had me in tears. You’ll all understand once you watch it but it’s a scene that is going to stick with me forever. I finally understood the Tupac quote ( “THUG LIFE,” he explained, actually stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody.”) that they reference through the whole book/movie during that scene.

I highly recommend watching this movie whether or not you have read the book. If you haven’t read the book I also recommend picking that up as soon as possible because it is a good read.

On The Come Up Book Review

On The Come UP

5 out of 5 stars

I read The Hate U Give a while ago so when I saw that Angie Thomas had come out with a new book I knew I had to read it. I’ll admit that it did take me a while to pick this book up and that was mostly because it took me a month to get through The Hate U Give. I didn’t really want to pick up a book that was going to take me the same amount of time as that one did. I am glad that I finally decided to pick this book up though and give it a try.

Now it isn’t that these books take long because they are difficult to get through or I don’t enjoy them but the subject matter that they cover is heavy. I take a while to read her books because I want to take everything in and really see things rather than brush past them. I think that when books are discussing heavy topics you owe it to the author to spend some time thinking about the things that are brought up in their books.

On The Come Up is about a young girl, Bri, who is an aspiring rapper like her father who died before he made it big. Bri lives in Garden __ but goes to school in a different neighborhood. She lives with her mother, a former drug addict, and her brother but they are struggling to pay the rent and keep food on the table. Bri is hoping that her rapping career will take off and she can help her family escape poverty and the neighborhood. Unfortunately being successful may come at a cost to Bri and she might have to change who she is to fit the public’s image of her. Will she do that?

I think something I found hard about this book was watching Bri struggle through everything. She wants to succeed so much to be able to save her family and it was so hard to watch others take advantage of that. While I found it hard to read those parts I thought they were good and very realistic and that’s what I love about Angie Thomas’s books. I love how she’s real with you and while this book is set in the same place as The Hate U Give it is a different story. You see two different girls growing up in different circumstances and how that affects their lives.

I love the way Thomas writes each of her characters including minor characters. Each of the characters that are introduced throughout the book develop even if it’s only by a little bit. I love how they develop through interactions with each other and how much Bri develops not only due to positive things but negative things that happen to her.

Something that I wasn’t fond of was the amount of questions that this book left me with. I want to know so much about what happens next and hope that there is a sequel to this book. The questions didn’t make me like the book any less though it just made me disappointed that they weren’t answered and longing for more.

I found it hard to write a review on this book because I have nothing to critique and no words to say how beautifully written I find this piece.

About the Book: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

About the Author: Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

About the Book and About the Author are borrowed from Goodreads.

You can find this book on Amazon or look for it at your local library.