Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Today would’ve been Tupac’s 46th birthday and seeing how Tupac inspired THUG, I thought today would be the perfect day to give you my review. I read this book back in April/May but its taken me this long to finally put my words into thoughts.
THUG was a book I was avoiding. Hype books and I tend to not mix very well but when I read that Tupac inspired this, I knew I had to read this. I’m not exaggerating when I say Tupac saved my life back in High School but he did. Anything he inspires, I want to read because he hoped to one day inspire the mind that could change this world.
THUG may just do that. It was raw, it was real and it packed an emotional punch that made me have to take a break from listening every once and while. Angie Thomas wrote a powerful, thought provoking story that gives a voice for those who are angry and often times feel like they don’t have a voice.
Angie tackled the very real subject of police brutality. Even though this story is fiction. We know the names, we know the stories, we know the outcome, we know just how messed up the justice system is. We know there is a problem and even though we are more aware of it now then we were years ago thanks in part to social media. It still hasn’t been solved. And that makes me angry.
THUG is one of the few YA books that has an awesome family dynamic. I loved Starr, her siblings and most of all her parents. I loved how both parents were supportive and wanted what was best for Starr. I feel like having both parents together and especially having them be good parents is extremely rare in YA. I also felt the friendships that were in the story were very realistic.
Bahni Turpin narrates THUG. I felt like she really brought Starr to life and her voice was absolutely perfect for this story. I felt the anger. I couldn’t imagine anyone else narrating this story. It was made for Turpin to narrate.
THUG is important. It is a book that is not light reading. It is meant to stir those emotions in you. To bring light to a situation that has been going on for years. Angie Thomas gave a voice to those who were silence. This book. The hype its real and so deserved. If you don’t feel like reading it, try the audio. Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite narrators and I highly recommend her and this book. READ IT. READ IT. READ IT.