The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter, the main character in The Hate U Give, lives in a poor black urban neighborhood, but attends a suburban prep school where she plays basketball and has a white boyfriend. She successfully navigates these two very different realities until the night she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed friend Khalil, when they are driving home from a neighborhood party. Although her parents want her to stay out of the news, she is challenged to come forward about the injustices following the event. Khalil is painted as a drug dealing thug and the officer is not charged. Starr, who has known Khalil since childhood, realizes she owes it to him to speak out, even if it endangers her family. This examination of the complexities of the race issues in America is beautifully written and takes a topic that is very current and examines it on a very personal level. An in-the-works movie adaptation further confirms that this is an important book that teens will want to read. This book received many starred reviews and won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for best debut and best young adult novel, as well as being long-listed for the National Book Award.
Balzer + Bray, February 28, 2017, 464 pages. HS
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