Hate – Alan Gibbons – 2014 – YA General Fiction
Eve’s older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that? Inspired by the Sophie Lancaster murder in 2007, which saw Sophie and her partner Rob viciously attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire because of the way they dressed. This is a hard-hitting real-life thriller about friendship, courage, loss, forgiveness and about our society and communities.
One of my favourite things about this book was the plot, which was based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster. I remember this being on the news and it really touched me, so it was interesting to read this book as the plot quite closely followed what happened in the real case.
Something I didn’t enjoy as much was the characterisation. I didn’t find the characters particularly interesting but more as “stereotypes” to stand in for the issue that the author wanted to talk about. There was no character development so I didn’t really feel any empathy for the characters despite the situations they were in.
The story was told between three points of view and apart from one part at the end it was easy to know which character you were reading. This might have been because they were written in different fonts because the characters actually read quite similar to each other, and you could tell the author’s aim was plot over character.
I gave this book 4/5. Although I did enjoy this book and found it easy to read, it’s not the most memorable book I’ve read this year.