The Hate U Give

Wow! Wow! Wow! You have to read this book! This is definitely one young adult book that encapsulates the sorrows, frustrations, and hopes of young and old advocates thrust into adult situations, while seeking to understand their fragile place in this world. The main character, Starr, witnesses her childhood friend Khalil be murdered by a police officer during a traffic stop. Khalil was unarmed. Starr has to not only navigate grief, but she also struggles to understand how and why others around her react differently. The students at the predominantly white school, where Starr is one of the few black students, use Khalil’s death as a reason to stage a “get out of school” protest, while not truly believing hat Khalil’s death was unjustified. Starr’s father clings closer to the local community, while her mother seeks an opportunity to move her children to the suburbs. Adding to all of this, Starr’s beloved uncle is also a police officer. How can someone she love and trust so much also be part of a systemic problem? With the help of a lawyer from the ACLU,  Starr quickly learns how to articulate her experience and to speak for Khalil and her community. I don’t want to give too much else away, but it is a wonderful, modern story that our country is living. In addition to We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I want to give every person a copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Maybe then everyone would understand why Kaepernick took a knee.

Age Range: 
Young Adult