This year my eyes have been opened to the insanity that can happen thanks to social media. Now I've never really spent all that much time on Goodreads so maybe this is a regular thing that I've only just discovered this year. Honestly the majority of my time on there is pretty much entering giveaways. I might check to see what a book is about if I hear it mentioned but I could give a shit about a number. First it was about Carve The Mark and all the talk about it just made me pick up the book even though an author who I happened to like said my opinion didn't matter. Guess this translucent, soulless person has no right to form an opinion. Now people are bashing this book and giving one star reads without reading the book because one person told them to and they followed in line like good little sheep. That's ridiculous.
That just doesn't make sense to me. If you don't want to read a book don't read it but don't try to stop me or anyone else that wants to from reading it. We are not bad for wanting to read a book. We're allowed to read whatever the hell we want. I'm unable to buy the book at this time but I did check it out from the library and did suggest it to the libraries I have access to. Obviously since I checked it out more than one of the libraries that I suggested it to took me up on my suggestion. Since people are being so unfair to this author I've decided to give this author five stars because this whole mess is utter bullshit. I notice that no one mentions The Hate U Give when talking about racist books. Hypocritical much? I'm not telling people not to read it and I'm not going to tell people to not read A Court Of Wings And Ruin even though it is disturbing to have someone call you soulless. That could be the result of someone being oversensitive and reading more into the situation so I'll reserve judgement on that until I make up my mind on whether or not I even want to read that series. It seems like people jump to call a book racist when I don't think that's really accurate. Is there racism in The Hate U Give? Yes there is. Does that mean it isn't worth reading? Nope. Read it if you want but if you're going to call out one author be consistent and don't make exceptions to that rule.
Having racism in a book doesn't make a book racist. It just means the world in the book is a lot like the one we live in except in this book it is a fantasy setting. I also notice that it just takes one person writing a review about hating a book that leads to people jumping in and becoming a part of the Borg. It is one thing to read a description about a book and seeing a review that helps decide you on not reading a book but going to this extreme because of one person who proves herself to be a hypocrite by loving another book that has the same kind of scenario going on but that's okay because she's a friend. Would this be an issue if the author wasn't white? I even saw one comment call this author a clueless white woman? Oh so you know this author personally?The one thing that makes me raise an eyebrow is the use of Gardnerian for one of the races in this book. Does that make me want to throw this book across the room and say how dare she use this religion like that? No it doesn't. Do I kind of wish she would have made up a name? Yes I do but that is just one small thing that I can live with.
The perspective is kind of odd and since the chapters are titled I can see how you could get a bit confused when the name of the chapter is a title of another character that isn't the character whose perspective is that you're reading. Did that make sense? I didn't find Elloren unlikable at all. There's this sheltered girl who is all of a sudden thrust into the real world. Her aunt is absolutely awful. She's a total bitch and I want to slap her. Anyhoo that doesn't mean that I think Elloren is fanfreakingtastic. No she isn't. I think she's interesting because it shows a person that is forced to deal with a world that she's never had to deal with. Obviously she has had things said to her while she was growing up about how the other races are and I'll freely admit that she can be totally narrow minded about people but she's not totally close minded. She questions her aunt after seeing the selkie but at the same time she reacts to how she's treated. She doesn't think about Ariel and what this other person has gone through that led to her lashing out the way she did. Over the course of the book she learns that things aren't black and white. Just because she heard something her whole life doesn't make it true. It is done in a realistic way that happens over the course of the book instead of it just happening in one chapter. Guess what there are books out there that are six hundred pages and more. I think those complaining about the length are likely to be those who read mostly young adult because for the most part they are shorter books. As someone who has read adult books since I was about twelve I don't even think of six hundred pages as long.
It is just sad that people aren't allowed to have their own opinion. I haven't done research on the matter but I think in the case of this book and Carve The Mark everything was sparked off by one post. One person decided that no one should read this book because it was horrible. All that did was make me read the book sooner in both cases. I also find it very hypocritical that no one dares say a bad word about The Hate U Give. I for one couldn't finish it so I didn't. There is no magical book out there that everyone will love. There will always be something another person doesn't like about it and that's the beauty of reading. There's plenty of books out there for everyone. I just don't understand why someone would take so much time going on about a book they don't like. Okay I can understand wanting to tell people how you felt about a book even if it was in a negative light. I guess what I really don't understand is the sheep mentality that follows when people just jump on board the hate wagon and decide to give an author one star without even reading the book. The irony is that even though I decided to not finish The Hate U Give I didn't bother to give a one star rating which is what I tend to do with books I can't finish. I guess it had more to do with me not needing to review this book. It would feel too much like homework if I reviewed every single book I read so I don't. There are plenty of times when I don't do a review although I usually mention a book I'm reading and might post thoughts about it.
I enjoyed this book and won't apologize for that. My soulless, translucent ass liked it. This whole mess has just made me realize that I don't care to take part in the insanity that happens on Goodreads. Everyone and by everyone I mean everyone has a right to their own opinion. I totally understand what the whole person of color means but actually when you think about it that doesn't really make sense because you're implying I have no color. So my opinion isn't valid for some lame ass reason as not having as much melanin as others have. I'm pretty sure that every person on the planet from the lightest of us to the darkest of us are an actual color. Also I never took a DNA Ancestry test so I have no idea what's mixed up inside me. If people feel the need to say that so they can point out great books by an author that isn't white I'm fine with that. Hell it took me a long time because I figured out that acronym because when it comes to acronyms they just don't work for me. Read what you think. Don't threaten people for liking a book that you didn't. Don't let another person change your opinion on a book. Don't be a sheep. Think for yourself. I really want to know what happens with Elloren and the others because shit is going down.