The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

A timely, thought-provoking by debut author Thomas, “The Hate U Give” is already wracking up well-deserved accolades. Starr is an African American teenage girl who feels like she straddles two worlds: one of the upper middle class white neighborhood where she goes to school and the other the self-described “ghetto” of (fictional) Garden Heights. Her worlds collide when her best friend Khalil is murdered by a police officer in a routine traffic stop. Tackling the difficult subjects of institutional racism and police brutality is not the usual MO of teen novel but Thomas’ work is transcendent and is incredibly needed right now in our culture. (A movie adaptation is currently in the works.) “The Hate U Give” is a work that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC THOMAS)

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