The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
This book should be mandatory reading for everyone. Every. One. I sat down with The Hate You Give last night and read it in one sitting. There is a reason that this book opened at No. 1 and has spent a whopping 42 weeks on the best seller list. Aaaaannnd it's also being made in to a film. Why? Because this book is POWERFUL. This book is PROFOUND. This book speaks truth. This book will get under your skin and absolutely break your heart. I am not ashamed to say that I ugly cried several times as I read this incredible debut and then sat in silence for a very long time after I turned the last page. There is no way that you can read this mighty work and not be moved. Buy it. Read it. Be changed by it. Then start a conversation with someone. 5 stars.