The Hate U Give and Dear Martin : YA novels explore Racism and Police Brutality

Before starting to review anything : HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYBODY ❤ ! I’m very sorry for the long hiatus, I was supposed to post these reviews a week ago but a lot of things happened at work, then Christmas preparation came, my exhaustion reached to a point where Lashaan had to intervene and tell me to CLOSE THAT LAPTOP AND REST LOL I will also be back to answer some comments and visit you guys real soon ❤





In this novel, Starr witnesses the death of her friend, who got shot by the police. The story follows her journey to be the only witness of the tragic event while the police officer is trying to win the case by justifying his actions. Angie Thomas does not shy away. I’m serious guys. I have never read a book this honest and raw. It’s emotional, rich character development and a stunning debut novel. This book was probably the MOST successful book of the year! After its release, it won several award and also the movie is on its way!



Half the size of The Hate U Give but AS  AMAZING. This book is written from Justyce’s perspective, a brilliant boy who got caught in an escalating series of racism and violence. Dear Martin is one of his secret projects where he wrote letters to Martin Luther King. To better himself and thinking what would Dr Martin do in this race conflicts? How should he react? This is a quick book who will make you feel uncomfortable but also open your eyes to the reality of racism in America. 



For these books, I’m not going to write every single reason why they are 5 stars. Because I wouldn’t do these books justice. Instead, I want to take some time to talk about the message in both books: the racism. Especially, racism against African Americans.  Reading these novels make me realize how much I don’t know ANYTHING about racism. It made me feel uneasy and troubled, I was reading the pages and I was anxious for the characters, I felt the injustice, the frustration of being treated less because of the colour of your skin.

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That’s why I want EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU to read one of these books (both is even better).

Yes, it will make you feel uncomfortable but you will understand why these problems need to change. We need to change the conversation. It’s not normal that we leave our world to scared children who won’t have the same rights and reassurance as other children just because they’re black. To the children who have to be taught how to behave when the police arrests them.THIS IS NOT RIGHT. Police should protect the lives of the innocent and not the opposite.  This is not the life I want for ANYBODY. I’m extremely impressed by the bravery and the patience some people deal with it every single day.

What do you guys think about these books? Will you get the chance to read it ? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Big thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for giving me a copy of Dear Martin in exchange for a review and Harper Collins for allowing me to meet Angie Thomas ! 


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  • First off: Merry Christmas! I hope that your day has been wonderful so far and that you enjoyed it.
    I usually don’t read novels like these, but you have definitely convinced me to at least give these a try, which I hope to do some time next year. These books both seem like very powerful reads indeed. Thanks for sharing them, and as always great post! 😀


  • I loved The Hat U Give. I loved Starr period. The message conveyed in the book is powerful. When we were in Colorado Springs this summer we visited an exhibition featuring some paintings inspired by the riots linked to police officer killing young black people and Angie Thomas book reminded me of these painting. A painful reality. I want to read Dear Martin as well now 😉 Merry Christmas!


  • Great review, Trang! I have THUG in my tbr for a long time but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m glad you loved it! I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about it. I’ll definitely pick it up soon.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🙂


  • I like the idea of writing letters to Dr. King, as one of MLKs most famous writings is ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’.
    I am a Birminghamster. We now have a Civil Rights museum in town at the site of the 16th Street Church bombing. I learned some interesting things there.
    Thanks for the reviews, Trang!
    Merry Christmas!
    ~Icky. 🙂


  • I had a feeling these books would not disappoint! 🤣 Such an important subject seems to have been explored perfectly. I’ll have to try them out now for sure! Fantastic and beautiful reviews, Trang. Glad you TRIED to REST too. 😉 Happy Holidays!


  • Hahaha, Lashaan is SO right, taking some time to relax and rest is GOOD, never forget to take care of yourself! ❤ Happy Holidays to you both, by the way, I hope you're having a lovely time, sending you all the love ❤ ❤
    I only read The Hate U Give and really enjoyed it, it was such a powerful book overall and the characters were fantastic. I can't wait to read Dear Martin at some point 😀


  • I finished The Hate U Give a few days ago and was really surprised by how much I liked it– though perhaps like is not the best word. I also thought the characterization was rich. It gave me so many flashbacks to my time in middle/high school and made me see some conversations I/others had in a new light.


  • I love authors who have guts and I will definitely read these two💖 I had been planning to read the hate u give but never actually dove into it. Reading this, it makes me want to read it asap. Great review! Tho I haven’t read both books, I agree that no one should live in a wolrd full of injustice.


  • I wanted to read both of these books!!!! Such an amazing review Love!!!🤗 I hope you had an amazing Christmas and it’s awesome these two books are both 5 stars! They look like 2 very important but amazing reads!!! Love ya!!!🤗🎁💟💙💚💜


  • Love, love, LOVE this review, Trang! Both the Hate U Give and Dear Martin are books close to my heart, especially because they focus on such harsh realities of our world. I’m so glad they resonated with you as well. Both Starr and Jus go through such traumatizing things, and they manage to come out triumphant in the end. All the stars to those books.

    Happy holidays! ❤


  • Great post Trang. 🙂 I’ve read The Hate U Give and I thought it was an incredible book, and a really important one too. I’ve been recommending it to so many people. I haven’t read Dear Martin yet but I definitely need to add it to my to-read list after what you’ve said about it.
    Again great post, and I hope you’re feeling a little better and more rested now as well. 😀 ❤


  • I loveloveLOOOOVE both these books. Living in Belgium, racism isn’t really something I have in my life. Sure, it’s on television – sometimes – but that’s about it and doesn’t show you the actual real side of it. These books do. As you said, they’re raw, honest and pretty much shattered my heart in a million pieces. Everyone should read these books. Hell, can’t we start a petition to make them required reading or something?

    Hope you’re doing better now! Don’t exhaust yourself! The holidays are pretty busy as it is; no need to overdo it, haha. 🙂


  • The Hate U Give is definitely on my TBR, but I will add Dear Martin now as well! It was really hard for me to do ANYTHING this month because of Christmas and just random stress. I’m trying to catch up on my blog hopping now, and hopefully I can write SOMETHING soon lol. I hope you had a nice Christmas!


  • I’ve heard nothing but great things about Dear Martin, so I am so glad you enjoyed it so much as well! It sounds like such a powerful but relevant book. And I completely agree about The Hate U Give – it’s absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous reviews! ❤


  • Fantastic post! I definitely plan on reading these (at some point!) I’ve heard amazing things about both and they sound like such emotional, powerful reads! And hope you’re taking it easy after the hols now and had a great Christmas! 😀


  • I have been wondering how Dear Martin would stand up compared to The Hate U Give, sound like I need to pick this one up too!!


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