The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! The Hate U Give may be a young adult novel, but this story is a must read for every age. This powerful story shares the experience of Starr, a young black girl who feels torn between two worlds, her impoverished neighborhood and her white school. Starr finds herself witness to a senseless shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of the police, and as she struggles to deal with what she saw and experienced, the shooting has much bigger implications for her family and her entire community. Starr finds the courage and support to speak out about what happened, but in doing so she also realizes that her voice can be a powerful tool. I was so impressed with this book, it felt like a glimpse into a world that I don't understand very well, and I ached for Starr and her friend Khalil and so many others who have faced injustice.
“What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?”
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