The Hate U Give and The Fairy Tree Troll are similar yet different.

I love it when a reader make e a discover about one of my books and compare it to popular book. Readers sometimes see things you missed.

I will admit I haven’t seen the movie nor read the book but the excerpt sound very interesting.

The Hate U Give

(The Hate U Give #1)

by Angie Thomas (Goodreads Author) 4.52  ·  Rating details ·  484,719 ratings  ·  57,485 reviews An alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780062498533 can be found here.

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.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.(less)

Yes, there similarities between fourteen Gomer and sixteen-year-old Starr Carter are noticeable. They are both African American teenage girls. They both moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where they lives and the fancy suburban prep school they attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when they both witnesses a death.

Even the publishing dates are pretty close together. But the similarity ends there. The Fairy Tree Troll was written thirteen years before it was published. Angie Thomas was probably still in high school when I wrote The Fairy Tree Troll. 🙂

Thanks for noticing.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to The Hate U Give and The Fairy Tree Troll are similar yet different.

  1. Jermaine Makespeace says:

    The Hate U Gives deal with reality whereas, although, The Fairy Tree Troll is saying a lot of the same thing just using supernatural elements. The Troll explains a part pf slavery no one talks about. How some planters sacrificed or offered slaves as offering in exchange for wealth. It talks about how the situation Starr witnessed has been a long standing tradition in America.

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  2. Saksgirl says:

    I can’t say the stories are similar. But I can see some of the same elements in them. Both deals with death of someone close to them. But what Gomer is dealing with isn’t human and deadly than any human. She and Orenthal are dealing with the supernatural and humanoid trees can hide in plain sight and reach out and kill you and no one knows what happened to you.
    The first cop assigned to find the strangerkiller has an ego problem and won’t help Maurice the gifted man finds Elfwood. Elfowod can’t be killed by natural means. It’s takes a special weapon to stop him and then no one wants to deal with his father Lugh, the king of the faeries.

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