The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (37/52)

Give a great storyteller space to weave a narrative and any reader will find themselves on the precipice of the chaos. Thus, Thomas builds a human understanding of what’s going on in a black community that suffers at the hands of police violence. Starr Carter, a 16-year old black girl, gives voice to the real-world emotional consequences of the tensions, the media, and the responses to the police shooting of her best friend. Flirting close enough with guilt, but recognizing responsibility, Thomas does not openly condemn but challenges us not to. Excellent read.

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