The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Starr is a teen who is torn between two worlds - the ghetto where she lives and the prep school suburbs where she attends school. She has two sets of friends, and even two sets of family - her immediate family (a father who's a former gang banger) and extended family (Uncle Carlos who is a cop and lives in a gated community). These worlds collide when she finds herself as the witness to the shooting death of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a white police officer.
The event becomes a media sensation. Does it really matter that Khalil may have been a drug dealer? That he's being called a Thug? He wasn't even armed! With protests and riots taking over her community, Starr must speak the truth - no matter the cost.
The Hate U Give brings a personal take to what we've been seeing plastered across the headlines for years. It's raw, and honest, and needs to be read.
*not recommended for young teens due to graphic language
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