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Angie Thomas Beautifully Takes on Daily Injustices in ‘The Hate U Give’

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Read on for a review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which received Eight Starred Reviews and is No. 1 New York Times bestseller! Debut YA novels by little-known black former rappers rarely start eight-way bidding wars among publishers, but Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, soon to be a movie starring The Hunger Games alum and current it-girl Amandla Stenberg, is an understandable exception. This smart, funny YA novel’s plot centers around how 16 year-old Starr Carter copes with being the sole witness to the shooting, by a white police officer, of her unarmed childhood best friend, Kahlil. The book springs from the headlines, but the story it tells engages the reader on a level far deeper…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts Who Love Grimm

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Are you a devoted Grimm viewer? Because you should be. The NBC show is a blend of fairy tales, horror and detective procedural; it’s like if Once Upon a Time and Supernatural had a baby who liked to solve crimes. And if that’s not a selling point, I’m not sure what is. Grimm is about a detective named Nick who discovers that he’s actually a Grimm, or a guardian who’s destined to protect humans from the Wesen (the German word for creature or thing). He starts to navigate the world of the paranormal, battling villains from our childhood stories and befriending others. It’s dark, creepy, romantic and everything you could want in a show about the darker side of fairy tales. Just…

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From TV to Books: We’re Currently Obsessed with Beauty and the Beast

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Lately it seems like Beauty and the Beast retellings are everywhere. First there’s the live action reboot starring Emma Watson that’s scheduled to come out next year. And then there’s The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, which premiered its fourth and final season on June 2. Not that I’m complaining; I love a good fairy tale retelling, and The CW version, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, is definitely one of my current TV obsessions. It took until last year for me to try out the crime romance, but now I’m hooked. I won’t pretend that it’s the best show on The CW, but Beauty and the Beast is romantic, heartfelt and just campy enough to be fun. Kreuk stars…

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Mighty Girls: 3 Young Adult Heroines to Cheer For

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Ask any teen girl—being an adolescent blows. Your body is changing, your world is changing, your friends are changing and adult independence is banging on your door. It’s hard enough when you fit in with the people around you, but coming of age with unique challenges is really tough. This week Katie Orphan, manager of Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore, recommends three terrific Young Adult novels about mighty girls who conquer the world on their own terms. The Last Bookstore began in a small loft and has swelled to their current 20,000 sq. ft. space and yes, the name is an intentional message; independent bookstores continue to struggle against big chains and e-books. But The Last Bookstore is flourishing with…

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Arrow Season 4 Trailer Drops and Gives Us Major ‘Olicity’ Feels

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Arrow is returning Wednesday, October 7, and fans of “Olicity” Can. Not. Wait. SPOILER ALERT! Oliver (Stephen Amell) rode off into the sunset with his computer-tech lady love, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) last May, and producers are promising a bit of domestic bliss at the start of the new season. Arrow released the long-awaited trailer on Friday, September 4 and we got a brief reprieve from our “Olicity” withdrawals. Check it out! If you couldn’t already tell, we’re big fans of “Olicity” here at BookTrib, and even bigger fans of them kissing. The thing is “Olicity” was never supposed to happen. Oliver was originally romancing Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), but fans were drawn to the insane chemistry between Oliver and his…

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