Monday, October 23, 2017

The Hate U Give

I hope that every secondary school in the United States gets a copy of Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give for their library. This should be required reading for everyone: students, teachers, police officers, social workers, parents.

Starr has always had two sides to her life: who she is at the suburban private school she attends and who she is in the tough neighborhood where she lives. These sides collide when she is the sole witness to the shooting of an old friend. Everyone has an opinion on what happened and Starr's life feels like it is spiraling out of control. Does she do what's right, even if it is unsafe?

There are so many issues in The Hate U Give that it felt overwhelming: police brutality, racial tension, gang violence, sex. But I think this is the way life feels to many teenagers and it's a good reminders for the adult readers of the novel. There is so much to discuss here and it really fills a need in our libraries.

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