Hello out there! It’s been a while between posts (life can get real busy, real quick!), but I’m back with the two books you need to read this year! Though I’ll let you get away with reading them next year, too, since there’s not much of 2018 left.
So, if you only read two books within the next twelve months, make sure it’s these ones!
I am, of course, talking about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. These books! Not only are they incredibly well-written, but the messages in them are so, so important.
Let’s start with The Hate U Give. This book is about a teenage girl called Starr, who witnesses her best friend getting shot by a police officer. Starr lives in a rough neighbourhood but goes to school in a ‘posh’ suburb. After the incident, her two worlds begin to collide, and she struggles to not only deal with the injustice of her friend’s murder, but also with the decision of whether she should speak up or not.
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” – Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.
The character journey of this young, brave protagonist will have you transfixed. Thomas writes about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement so well, and it is definitely a story that needs to be heard. Just read it!
Next up, Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. This book asks the question of what will happen when there’s no water left.
‘Everyone’s going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry’ – Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, Dry.
The scary thing about this book is that it’s just so damn convincing. Here in Australia, we’re currently experiencing another drought. And we’re not the only ones. The severity of the dedication sets the tone for the rest of the book:
‘This book is dedicated to all those struggling to undo the disastrous effects of climate change’ – Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, Dry.
So what would happen if the taps ran dry and there wasn’t any water left? The authors depict a ‘three days to animal’ approach, and man, is it terrifying. You’ll just have to read it to find out exactly what I mean!
And that’s it. If you’re not a huge reader and are looking for something to pick up, try these! And if you’re a bookaholic like me, read them too. These two books are so easy to read, and the messages in them are crucial.
Thanks for stopping by,