Mini Reviews: The Hate U Give, The Boy Most Likely To

Hello friends, happy Friday! It has been a little while since I did mini-reviews and…since I’ve been reading tons and not gathering enough brain cells to do it all…Mini-review-time it is!

Ha ha ha ha HAHAHAHA. Let’s be honest, these reviews aren’t as short as I’d like them to be, but I LIKE TALKING ABOUT BOOKS OKAY. #sorrynotsorry.

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomasgoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

I buddy-read this with the fabulous May @ Forever and Everly. If you don’t know her or her blog, do yourself a favour and check it out, you won’t regret it.

I also want to thank Beth @ Reading Every Night, for sending me this book as part of the #SFATW exchange I organized this summer.

Everyone has been talking about this book and reviewing this book, so it’s a good thing I’m keeping it short here. There’s about 100% chances you’ve already read a review of this book anyway. This book really is worth all of the hype.

Obviously, you all know what it’s about, that it’s one of the most important stories told in YA books – one of the reasons why it’s stuck at the top of the NYTimes bestseller list, or maybe it’s just because it is awesome. Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, The Hate U Give tells us the story of discrimination, racism and the sick way the system sometimes ends up working in the United States society. It’s both poignant, heartbreaking, eye-opening and makes you feel sick to your stomach just hearing about it. Many, many times, I wanted to throw the book out the window in frustration – not because it was not good, but because everything that was happening was SO UNFAIR. This book was not an easy read, yet it was such an important one, #ownvoices much, much needed. And, surprisingly, it brought a smile on my face more than once.

Despite it being a quite serious and intense book, at times, it was not all there was. There’s a big cast of character, from the main character Starr, to her family and friends, to secondary characters and so on – yet they were all very well fleshed-out, three dimensional, and their relationship dynamics just WORKED so well. It’s clear there was work and lot of thought put into this, which I loved so much.

The Hate U Give is an important book for sure – I know other people will have said this a billion times and you might have read thousand of reviews. If, for me, it just missed a little something to hit the 5-stars rating, it was still an important book, one you can and should learn from, one that stated out the cold hard truth while still being beautifully hopeful for a change.

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

My rating : 4 drops !

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KEY WORDS
#ownvoices, contemporary, realistic romance, racism, discrimination, family vibes, great character-growth.

TO READ IF
There’s no “if” for that one. It’s a MUST-read for everyone.

 

The Boy Most Likely To, Hunter Fitzpatrickgoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

Side note: The Boy Most Likely too is a companion novel for My Life Next door. I would not recommend reading this book before reading My Life Next Door, as there are some references and things you might not get.

The Boy Most Likely To had everything I loved in my contemporaries. Focused on Tim and Alice, this story tells us about their growing, changing relationship as Tim moves in the small next-door garage of Alice’s house after being kicked out by his parents. Yet, despite what the synopsis might tell you, this book isn’t only about their relationship: it’s about friendship, family, recovery, change, and it’s a whole lot about character growth – which is stunning in t his book, especially for Tim -, which happens thanks to their growing relationship, obviously, but also thanks to themselves.

The Boy Most Likely To is told in their alternative point of view and I have to admit that, at first, I felt a bit confused, as there is no announcement of the switch. I just realized at some point that this was Alice’s moment, not Tim, for instance. This took some getting used-to, and is probably the reason why I’m not rating this a tad higher. That being said, both of the main characters in this story were really, really good to follow, as they felt like real teenagers the whole time, with their flaws, issues, with their tendencies to do or say the wrong things, and so on.

The slow-burning relationship -my favorite kind- between Alice and Tim is not taking the whole place, even if it’s central to the story. There are many important issues dealt with, from debts to pregnancy to kids to big families, to abandonment, parents issues, addiction and recovery. It’s not only a sweet romance, it’s…well, it’s life and everything else getting in the way at times. That’s what makes is even more real and fun to read.

Biggest thing in both The Boy Most Likely To and its main novel, My Life Next Door, are the family vibes. If you’re looking for big families at the heart of the story, the Garretts are here for you.

“Everyone who makes a mistake isn’t doomed to be an asshole forever.”

My rating : 4 drops!

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KEYWORDS
Romance, big families, addiction and recovery, realistic characters.

TO READ IF
You enjoy fabulous character-growth, great and amazing family vibes in your books and a sweet contemporary to curl up with.

 

Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? If not, would you be interested in reading them?

Do you enjoy your books all poignant, heartbreaking and WITH ALL THE FEELS?! Do you like great family vibes in your stories? If you do, please give me suggestions, I LOVE these kind of books!

Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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52 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Hate U Give, The Boy Most Likely To

  1. I love both of these books, especially The Boy Most Likely To. It’s a very moving novel. I’d already read it, but I bought THUG last week when I was in Singapore and I’m glad I have the hardcover because it’s so pretty.

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    1. Well…it’s one of these books you CAN forever talk about without anyone – or at least me – getting tired or it. It’s just so relevant. And YES, the family vibes in this book are perfect. ❤

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  2. I like this idea of mini reviews. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to write up a lengthy review but I still have this urge to say something about the book.

    I was on a three-month long book buying ban to save up enough to buy a Kindle but I am going to buy The Hate U Give this month. It’s worth breaking the ban

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    1. I agree – it’s just so hard sometimes to write lengthy reviews for all of the books we read, but some books like these two are worth talking about ❤
      Ohhh yes, The Hate U Give definitely IS worth breaking the ban for 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤ ❤

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  3. Still haven’t gotten my hands on Hate You Give, but I am dying to read it. I read The Boy Next Door a while ago, and never realized there was another book! May have to check it out…by the way, I love this style of reviewing! Great for when you don’t have a ton to say on one book!

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    1. Oh, thank you, that’s so sweet of you to say ❤
      I hope you'll be able to read The Hate U Give soon, it's so worth it. Definitely an important book, and the family vibes are perfect.
      YEES, well if you loved My Life Next Door, I have a feeling you'll enjoy this one as well 🙂
      Thank you! xx

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  4. The Hate U Give was such a good read I’m still a glass case of emotions over it. I keep meaning to read My Life Next Door–I feel like I’ve had it forever–and had no idea there was a companion novel to it. I’m clearly living under a rock. Which incidentally is calling to me right now. Not that rocks can talk or anything. Uh.

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    1. Right? That book was so good. I loved it 🙂
      OHHH yes, you should read My Life Next Door, it was such a great contemporary – amazing family vibes here as well. And don’t worry about not knowing there was a companion novel…. I didn’t know either until just a couple months ago 😂 so…I guess there’s place for me under that rock you live 😂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  5. jrghbkrgb omg mini reviewsssss!! yas!! THUG!! YASS!! I cant even propersly explain all my thoughts about this book, it was marvellous! Andddddd The Boy Most Likely To was on my TBR when i was super into contemporaries.. butttttttt maybeeeee I’ll try adn pick it up again????? I loved your reviews!!! 😀

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    1. Oh yes, THUG was so great, I agree 🙂
      Ohh you’re not into contemporaries anymore? WHYYYY, this makes me sad ahah. I hope you’ll get back to it, it’s such a good book. And if you need contemporary recs, well…I’m here 😛
      Thank you!! ❤

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    1. Ohhh yes! If you liked My Life Next Door, you should enjoy that one, especially if you loved The Garretts! They’re such a great, big and fun family ❤
      You HAVE TO read THUG someday, Dani – you'll love it. It's a fantastic and must-read for sure 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤ ❤

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  6. I’ve heard about The Hate U Give since way before it was released, but never wanted to read it until your review. I love how eloquent your reviews are — you make me want to read every book you post a positive review on! 😆 The Hate U Give seems to be a novel that will give me a different perspective on an issue that is very relevant today, or at the very least put me in the shoes of someone who has experienced different things than me in life. I’m always looking for books that will expand my understanding of people’s lives in this world, so I’m definitely going to read The Hate You Give. It sounds like a novel that I would love to write a deep book chat on. 😊

    Thanks for this amazing review! 😋

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    1. Ohh Zoie, thank you so, SO MUCH, you are way too sweet. This makes me so happy to hear ❤
      The Hate U Give really is such a relevant, important book and it allowed me to put myself in someone else's shoes as well, which I appreciated so, so much. I hope you'll be able to read it soon, and I do hope you'll write a long book chat on it as well, I'd love to read it 😀
      Thank you so much ❤ ❤

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  7. The Hate U Give has been on my tbr list for a while. I knew it was going to be an important book as soon as it was released, but I’ve still not found the time to pick it up. It sounds like one of those books that just dole out a bit of harsh reality. I love that it doesn’t shy away from addressing the issues at hand.

    The Boy Most Likely To ❤ I was a bit dubious of this book because I'm not typically a fan of the baby surprise trope. Fortunately, the execution of said trope was done really well and it felt like it contributed to Tim and Alice's overall growth. I love the Garrett's. Seriously, I'll volunteer to be Joel's future girl. 😛

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    1. THUG definitely does not shy away from reality and what’s really happening – part of why I loved it so much ❤ It was such an interesting story and I can't wait for you to read i ❤
      Ohhh yes, I agree with you! I actually never read a book with the baby surprise trope before that one, but I appreciated how it made both the characters grow. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, though, I grew attached to that little baby hahaha. ❤
      Thank you so much, Lois!

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    1. Oh I get it – it’s always good to stay away from the hype at first…because of that, we sometimes have tons of expectations, ahah. This book definitely is worth the wait. I hope you’ll love it 🙂 thank you! xx

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  8. OMG I have been wanting to read The Boy Most Likely too for forever! It looks so cute! (I wish I got around to it sooner!) Do you really have to read The Boy Next Door (like would it take away from the story if I didn’t) because I’m feeling a bit lazy at the moment and kind of just want to skip ahead to The Boy Most Likely too. Haven’t had much interest in The Hate You Give but you make it sound like a book worth reading. Great reviews 🙂

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    1. Ohhh, the Boy Most Likely To is such an adorable story – it has great characters, great family vibes and overall, it’s just so much fun to read. I would recommend reading My Life Next Door first, as there are some references and things you might not understand. I read it years ago, though, and not remembering all the details didnt take away my enjoyment of the book 🙂
      Oh yes, The Hate U Give is a book worth reading for sure 🙂
      Thank you so much, Jamie! ❤ ❤

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  9. I am looking forward to Tim’s story. He is so complicated, and I am pretty interested in seeing how it all plays out between him and Alice. I also want to revisit the Garrett family. I love them so much.

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    1. Ohh I’m so impatient for you to read this book. Tim is such a complex character, I found out that he grew so much in this book, which I LOVED. I hope you will feel the same way 🙂 thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  10. Great mini reviews Marie! I really like this style, I have read The Hate U Give as you know but I haven’t read The Boy Most Likely Too. I read My Life Next Door and loved that, I feel like I may need to attempt a reread at some point actually then go onto this book. The only thing I think that will annoy me is how it doesn’t mention when it switches characters, that’s something that frustrates me because I want to go straight into the next page thinking in that characters voice i’ve imagined you know? I don’t want to read a few sentences then get confused and then go back and read again. It always muddles me up and just ruins the flow of it for me, if you get me?

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    1. Oh yes, I completely understand what you mean. (sisters? ALWAYS, hahah). I have to admit that’s the one thing that bothered me the most, about The Boy Most Likely To. A heads-up, a character’s name before the POV switches would have been so much better. Sometimes, I just found myself realizing this was Alice’s POV when she was talking about Tim in third person, ahah. I got used to it and recognized their POV after a while, but…yes, it was a bit bothering at first :/
      Still, I hope you’ll read and enjoy it, Hannah! ❤ ❤

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  11. I loved BOTH of these so so much!! And I’m just so pleased about The Hate U Give and how thoroughly worth the hype it is…and really important. It opened my eyes a lot. And like it’s such a powerful book because I felt gut sick reading it AND there were places to laugh?! Angie Thomas is a master and I will read everything she writes. ❤

    And YES I loved The Boy Most Likely To! But it confused me no end trying to figure out who was narrating.😂 Why couldn't they have put their names at the top of the chapters or something?!? But still Tim is precious!

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    1. Ohh yes, I agree – I didn’t expect to laugh in this kind of book, but I did. I LOVED how the whole thing was balanced, between deep topics, important ones that make you, indeed, feel kind of gut-sick, and other lighter moments to balance things out, even make you laugh and make you feel al the warmth of family and friends. ❤
      I'm so glad I'm not the only one 😂 I was SO CONFUSED at the narration sometimes…having their names would have been much easier 😂
      Thank you so much, Cait! ❤ ❤

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  12. I completely agree with what you wrote for THUG!! I felt so frustrated with what was happening in the book — especially because I knew it reflected real-life happenings. The family dynamics were AMAZING and it made me happy to see that type of family relationship in YA! And you’re completely right — this is something that needs to be read by EVERYONE. 💕 Great review!! 😘

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    1. It’s really the kind of book that makes you want to scream and rip every single page out. Not because it’s not good and it’s a figure of speech because I WOULD AND COULD NEVER DO THAT, but just because it’s SO frustrating to read about this and to KNOW it’s actually happening in real life. It’s just so…unfair and plain wrong.
      Thank you so, so much, May! ❤ Once again, I was thrilled to be able to buddy-read this with you ❤ ❤

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  13. Awe, yeah, you finally read The Boy Most Likely To!! I felt it was so different from My Life Next Door but simultaneously totally played into the family aspect. I didn’t like it as much as the previous book, but I really enjoyed it as well, although I definitely cared more about Tim’s part of the story than Alice’s.

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    1. Oh I’m with you here – Tim’s part was much more interesting to me as well. I loved him so much and I especially enjoyed seeing him growing, caring more and more about that little baby, and just… yeah, I really loved him aahh ❤
      Thank you, Kat! ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear you loved it just as well! YES the family aspect was one of the best thing about this book, they were all so close and great – Starr’s dad was SO COOL ahah, I loved him SO much, definitely deserves one of the best dads award 😛
      Thank you so much for your comment ❤

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  14. Such great reviews, Marie 🌸
    The Hate U Give is still very much high on my TBR; I know it’s really an important read and I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it. I am really looking forward to reading it! I absolutely loved, loved, loved the family dynamics in My Life Next Door and The Garrets are one of my favourite fictional families, I didn’t even know that there was a companion novel/sequel. I adore slow burn romances so I might check it out!

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    1. Ohh thank you so much, Michelle! ❤
      I can't wait for you to read The Hate U Give. It's one of these books that's so important, and it stays with you for sure. I hope you'll love it. There are fantastic family dynamics in it as well, so I have a feeling you would love it 😀
      Hope you'll want to read The Boy Most Likely To as well, it was an adorable read ❤

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