Reading Update / Mini Reviews

So far this week I’ve finished Hope by Rhian Ivory and also The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

I’ve wanted to read Hope for quite a while, have owned a copy of it for a good amount of time aswell. The gorgeous cover drew me in aswell as the synopsis, though I went into it still pretty clueless as to what happens.

To my surprise, Hope is about periods, more specifically; PMDD. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Never have I read a book that talks about this disorder, and it’s rare that periods whatsoever are mentioned in a book. And for this, I’m really pleased. Main character Hope really struggles with PMDD but as the book progresses she seeks help for it.

I couldn’t connect with the story however it was a really easy and quick read so I have no complaints, and there was a few scenes where I felt emotionally attached to some characters, I certainly felt bad for Hope as she felt lost and unsure of her future.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with my blog posts for a while, you’d know I’ve been meaning to read The Hate U Give for such a long time, and now I’ve read it I can’t believe it took me so long to get round to it.

What an incredibly powerful book it is. Now, I assume most of you have already read this book or seen the film and if not, seen plenty of reviews, so I’m not going to ramble on.

I can’t find any flaw with The Hate U Give, and if you haven’t already read it I suggest that you drop all plans and immediately do so. This is such an important book, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The events take place over the course of a few months and it’s easy to be rooting for the characters, especially because of the familiarity to real life. I couldn’t help but shed some tears while reading this, because of both sadness and anger.

Both reviews also posted on my Goodreads

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