The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Starr’s world is black and white. She’s in a world split between Garden Heights, where she’s lost two childhood friends to violence, and Williamson, her upper-class, mostly white high school. Williamson Starr speaks the way she’s supposed to and acts the way everyone wants her to act. But when her friend Khalil is shot by a policeman, and she’s in the car with him, her world is turned upside down. She is torn between letting the world know what really happened and staying out of trouble. Watching Starr realize that her voice is a powerful tool to combat the casual racism that happens at her school and in her neighborhood, she takes steps to speak for Khalil, who no longer has a voice.
Readers will feel for Starr, and they will laugh and cry alongside her. Angie Thomas has created a story that is resonant and powerful. The Hate U Give is about a black girl who is looking for her place in the world and finding her voice. Teenagers who are navigating friendships, family, and wondering what to do about injustice and racism in their world will find that using their voice to speak out, as Starr does, is one of the most important things they can do. Read this book, and understand that black lives matter, too.
Read an interview with Angie Thomas on the BLOG!
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