Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rating: 5/5

Language: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Awesomeness: 5/5

Impact: 5/5

 

The Hate U Give is the book that has made the most impact on me. It is a YA Fic but anyone can read it and be inspired by it. It is a masterpiece. It focuses on the life of Starr Carter, a sixteen year old, African-American Girl who lives in between two worlds. One is the poor suburban neighborhood she was raised in and the other is the preparatory school she attends where most students are White.

The contrast between the two worlds is evident. Inside her neighborhodd there are gang wars and other things but it is the place she loves and is familiar to her. The school on the other hand contains a whole another version of Starr. There she tries to supress emotions such as anger and tries to act cool, never even showing her true self. She does not want to be characterised as the “angry black girl” so she creates a whole other persona.

The unstable bridge between these worlds is broken when Starr witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Starr is faced with a crucial choice as to whether take action or remain silent. The book explores her choices and their consequences.

It is a beautiful masterpiece and an excellent potrayal of some factors of today’s American life. I definitely and strongly recommend reading it. If my convincng wasn’t enough then let me tell you that the book had a 4.55/5 reating on goodreads and is the three time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards. That’s a hard thing to pull off.

Favourite quote:

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Thank u for reading!

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Perspectives and books!

I read recently learned about Death of the Author. Here’s the link to the video which I found very helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGn9x4-Y_7A

So, the video obviously inspired me to write this post. I started thinking about perspectives and books. It is crazy to think that someone who read the same book as me, read the same tale, spent the same fleeting moments, was captivated by the book; experienced a completely different experience entirely. It is also inspiring. I develop a emotional attachment to any book I read, in fact most people do. To think that the experience which I experieneced is uinque in way, makes the reading more intimate. Whenever people read a book, they are personaaly invested in them and the fact that this journey is unique strengthes the sense of belonging and attachment a reader has with a book. Truly, books belong to their readers. It is their perspective and the way they interpret the story which makes every experience unique to every individual.

As a writer and a reader, I was even more captivated by this thought. When I write a book, I am lost in my own world. I create characters which are meaningful to me in hopes that they will be meaningful to others too. To think that people might see different versions of my character is a mind blowing thought. This way I can see the characters in a way I never saw before and maybe along the way they can improve. I made these characters in hopes that they can be part of someone else’s world. The different lights and perspectives in which a single character can be viewed is a blast of creativity.

For now, I have no opinion about Death of An author. If you watch the video till the end you will know why. I am just an admirer of creativity. Perspectives can change many things. Maybe you are reading this post and interpret in way different than the way in which I intended. Maybe reading the above line makes you think how someone else interprets it. Maybe you’re intrigued.

Books I read in 2018!

2018 was a long year! I decided to share the books I read and the books I hope to read in 2019! I will not list the books I read on wattpad which were a lot so that thins out the list! Here we go:

  1. David Copperfield
  2. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming
  3. The Last Juror by John Grisham
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. Taken At the Flood by Agatha Christie
  6. The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
  7. A Wated Hour by Jeffrey Archer
  8. Prey by Michael Crichton
  9. Gone Bad by J.B. Turner
  10. It by Stephen King
  11. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  12. Teen Granny by Gary M. Whitmore
  13. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  15. A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
  16. A March of Kings by Morgan Rice
  17. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  18. The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr
  19. The Point of Departure by Robin F. Cook
  20. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
  21. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  22. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  23. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I could have read a lot more but there was a lot going on which limited the time I could dedicate to reading. For this year my reading goal is 30 books which if I complete before the end of the year, I will increase to 40. 2018 was a good year in reading.  I explored many genres and was satisfied with my selection. The book which made the most impact on me was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (I will review it soon). The book which grabbed my absolute attention was All The Light We Cannot See. The author whose books held me and did not let go was John Green. The author I was introduced to this year was Toni Morrison. The genre which I set my foot into is horror and the book that did it is it by Stephen King. The series I started is The Sorceror’s Ring series.

Now, I will list the books I want to read in 2019:

  1. An Absolutely Remarkabale Thing by Hank Green
  2. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  10. Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculir Children by Ransom Riggs
  11. The Outsider by Stephen King
  12. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

If you have any recommendations, list them in the comments 🙂

 

New Year 2019!

So, yes I haven’t been keeping my word lately. I have not been writing posts even though I promise that I will. I want you all to forgive me for that.

I don’t know when I will write next. The things that I am juggling right now are too many. I will write soon though. So, anyway I wanted to talk about this year and the next. 2018 was a good year though not the best. For the start of the year, I was happy. I got my book published and all but after April everything went downhill. I was in a bad headpspace and depressed for most of the year. I also fell into the hands of some toxic people who did their best to demoralize me. Yet, I stand here. I ade it through this year.

I want 2019 to be a better year. I want to grow as a person and work my way forward not backwards. Below are my New Year Resolutions, I find that sharing things makes it more likely that I will follow them:

  • Lose weight and become physically fit
  • Study more
  • Focus on my writing and finish another book
  • Read more (any recommendations are welcome)
  • Focus on my blog
  • Enter Writing Competitions
  • Meditate
  • Learn piano in detail
  • Top my class? 😉
  • Eat healthy
  • Take care of myself

So, that’s it. All the best to all of you for 2019. 🙂 Happy New Year!!

Quiescence-Essence of Life

Quintessence of Life

We’re in a state of oblivion,waiting for the epoch of ephemeral luminescence is to commence……..
All of us are awesome people, but everyone has some issues.We don’t let it show much, but our emotions and our face betray us at times and people see a vulnerable person inside us. We pretend to be strong, but at times our cyst develops cracks and people get to see the real person.
Do you like people knowing who you actually are?What you actually need?Whose and what kind of support you need?Do you feel comfortable with people knowing about you or the feeling that they will sooner or later betray you comes into play?
We move around with a fake merry mask to make people believe that we’re very happy without pains and problems.But inside the mask lies a whirlpool and a thunderstorm of feelings,emotions,pressures and extremities,through which we’re trying to make our…

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John Green month

This August, I will be reviewing books by my favorite author, John Green. Btw it can take me more than August to review all of them because I have big exams coming up in September but I will try my best. I will not be reviewing Let it Snow! , as I  don’t have it with me yet. Anyway, I hope we can have a lot of fun this month. Also, I am reading One Hundred Tears of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and I have to finish it within a week (librry due date) so it might take me sometime to write the reviews but this time I promise I wil not forget. I have been neglecting my posts because of all the stuff going on in my life and my focus on other social media platforms, my work and other stuff. But I will try to focus on this blog as well. It is difficlut to manage and probably a few years from now I wil have enough time for this. It’s just that my studies are still going on so I have to take everything hand in hand and managinf writing and working with studies is alreadya lot on my plate. S, enough ranting. Bye!!! Keep on smiling!!

This article is decided to anyone who is going through a hard time

If you are sensitive to people talking about mental health, this post is not for you. So, take this as a disclaimer.

Sometimes, we are just too busy running in on this never-ending escalator of life, that we forget about ourselves. We get too absorbed in the quest of trying to be perfect (which I not actaully possible) that we forgot about ourselves. It’s ironic, actually. Trying so hard to be perfect that you end up thinking you are nothing.

I know the feeling, for the past two years I have been struggling with these deadly thoughts. I have been telling myself that, I’m good at nothing. I mean nothing to anyone and not even to my myself. I tell myself that no one gives a shit about me. I have a very low self-esteem right now and zero self-confidence.  On top of this, I haven’t really found the strength to tell anyone because I also keep telling myself that I’m faking it and nobody wants to listen to me. So, this is actually the first time I have talked about this stuff to anyone. Also, I have been struggling with some major anxiety issues. So, yeah this is me right now. I am considering seeing a therapist, but I still have hard time explaining to myself that I’m not faking it so it will take a lot of time.

In today’s world, where everyone is connected to social media. People have a really hard time telling others and talking about this stuff. I understand that people want other people to like them and think that no one likes a downer. But, we all have pur ups and downs. Life is not a rollercoaster that only goes up, it comes crahing down and then zooms into space. Sometimes it runs in loops but eventually everything works out. So, it’s okay to tell people you are not okay. It’sd okay to not be okay. You don’t have to be constantly cheerful all day, no one is actually. All that matters if for you to eventually come out above all these bumps and smile. Everything will be alright, eventually. I know it’s hard to accept this right now but it is the truth.

So, seize the day. It’s okay to take time for yourself. Talk to the people who care about you, Spend time with friends. Life can be overhwhelming sometimes. It feels like it’s passing you by, yo just gotta stop for  while. Do the things you love. Seek help if u need to. Spread positivity, comfort and love and when you feel like it is the time, smile.

Sending you all the positivity and support in the world,

Yashi

 

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Schools and Anxiety

These days what we mostly fail to notice is that kids are getting anxious when they are in environments like school. As someone who has suffered from high levels of anxiety due to school I know how it feels. At some point, you dread going to the place.

It starts with anxiety, slowly it degrades your self-worth and by and by it makes you think that what’s the point of doing anything anyway.

So, advice for parents out there. Don’t push your kids too much, at some point they’ll feel like they can’t do anything right or that you just don’t love them. Keep in mind what you say when you’re angry. Saying something like “I wish you weren’t my kid” would go very badly in the future and your kid might take it too seriously. Grades aren’t everything, if your child grows up kind and average it’s better than being a douche and a genius. So appreciate whatever qualities your kid has and try to help them with things they are finding difficult. Talk to your kid about the school environment. Ask them whether they are being bullied, it happens quite a lot these days. Be supportive of things that you think are good for your kids, don’t ignore them or constantly keep telling them you’re busy. It hurts them a lot.

So, keep these things in mind because anxiety is a big thing. If your kids tell you that they are constantly anxious about things, listen to them and if needed contact a therapist because anxiety is a very serious condition which disrupts the normal life.

Battle Royales and Life

This is just something I found myself thinking about this afternoon. I was sipping my daily cup of coffee when I started thinking about it.

We know popular Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG and the books which started it all. The base is: You have to kill each other to survive yourself. (I’m not telling you to do something like this)

However, real life doesn’t work like that. It is a crime to kill someone let alone kill them for your profit. But I’m trying to compare them (not the killing part) but the fact that you have to make everyone else to lose.

In this time in the world, the population is very, very, very much more than it was thousand years ago. We kind of live in a race in which everyone’s main goal is to get a job and be successful. So, technically everyone’s inside of this place (earth) in which they compete against each other and try to get to the top. And more than often to get to the top, you have to push other people back down.

Let’s take school for an example, in school to get to the top you study hard. But if you didn’t work hard maybe someone else could have taken your place maybe everyone else would have been one rank higher than before and have more chances of passing than before (I’m not encouraging you to stop studying). In today’s high school system, kids push other kids down so they can be “cool” which is simply wrong. Or in work, you give out blood and sweat for a single position which could’ve been someone else’s or when some people try to ruin others image to get a promotion or to be proved better.

So, there are two ways to get to the top. One is to work hard, the right way and the other is to push other people down, the wrong way. It’s like a race, you try you win but you will never know what will become of the others.

We should not live life as a race. We should live life to actually enjoy it. Make friends along the way, care for people, help people and to learn and grow as we proceed.

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