Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Best for: High school students (and EVERYONE else)
My Take: Wow! This one was difficult to put down. Thomas does an amazing job of bringing to light the unfortunate injustices that occur between race, culture, class, power, etc. This book tells a story that encourages empathy, tolerance, and justice.
Starr, the protagonist, lives in “The Garden” and becomes a witness to her childhood friend, Khail’s death. Throughout the story, Starr struggles with who the “real” Starr is, realizing that the person she is at her mostly white, suburban school is different than the person who attends a party in The Garden.
Starr also learns to find her voice – and use it in the hopes that justice will be served.
Without giving away too much of the story, I will say that this is one book every teen everywhere should be required to read. We often lack knowledge of others, which leads to bias, prejudice and hate. THUG will encourage readers to reflect on a flawed system of justice and leave them saying, “What can I do?”
Bottom Line: A book that must be read and discussed (over and over again)