The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Starr Carter watched in horror as the police shot her black friend Khalil three times during a routine stop. Khalil died at the scene. Weeks later, Starr would like nothing more than to be left to grieve in peace, but her nightmare is just beginning. As the only witness to the shooting, everyone—including the police—is eager for Starr to explain exactly what went down that night. To make matters worse, Starr needs to strike a delicate balance between the two worlds she lives in: While her friends at her rich, primarily white private high school sneer at Khalil as a “drug dealer”, her poor black neighborhood sees him as yet another victim of police brutality. How can she appease both sides? Is she brave enough to stand up for what is right?
THE HATE U GIVE is a beautiful, touching, and witty story that confronts the issue of racism. I was captivated from the first page. The author, Angie Thomas, has an easy conversational style. The book will stay with you long after you finish.