DIVERSE READ: Black protagonist / interracial couple
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
My thoughts: The Hate U Give is officially one of the best stories that I have ever read for a wide range of reasons. The political commentary inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement is so thought provoking and hard hitting that it will leave you breathless from the moment you begin this story. I could not get enough of all the issues that Angie Thomas touched upon in a way that both educates and opens the eyes of readers young and old for years to come. If I were to tell you to pick up one book for the entirety of 2017, I’d implore you to pick up The Hate U Give because it is such a relevant topic to our times and must not be ignored.