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The Hate U Give

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 2.52.24 PMby Angie Thomas, 444 pages, Grades 8 and up

Some people think Starr is lucky because she goes to a “good” school, but it is not easy to balance two very different worlds inside your personal identity. She grew up and lives in Garden Heights, an all Black neighborhood where people are just making ends meet. Every day of the week, though, Starr spends time with a lot of rich white kids from the suburbs because she attends Williamson Prep High School. She has friends in her neighborhood, but they don’t understand the Williamson Prep Starr. She has friends at school too, but they don’t really know the whole Starr either. When a childhood friend, Khalil, is killed by police it becomes impossible to feel at home in the prep school where kids around her cannot begin to comprehend the complexity of the situation. To them and a lot of people- it has become national news – it is too easy to stereotype Khalil and excuse his murder as the result of gang violence instead of seeing him for the whole person he was and understanding that the situation is a lot more complex.

If stories about contemporary issues appeal to you, you might also like: All American Boys, by by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, A Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds, or The Stars Beneath Our Feet, David Barclay Moore.