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“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter life is divided between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the rich suburban prep school she attends. These two worlds are shattered when Starr witnesses a police officer fatal shot her childhood best friend, Khail. Khail was unarmed. Everyone wants to know what actually happened the night Kahil died. The only person who can answer that question is Starr. But what Starr chooses to say or not to say could destroy her community and endanger her life.

Verdict: Powerful is the one world I would use to describe The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book is incredibly powerful! It is a timely and profound piece of literature that will go down as one of the best books of 2017. This book poses important questions about racism, police brutality, prejudice, and discrimination. I also has the power to teach us just how much our words matter. This book should be in the hands of everyone, making us aware of a major current issue in America and encouraging us to get involved to create change. I absolutely love Starr. She is such an inspiration. She remains resilient through so much adversity and becomes an example for the entire world. I am a better person for having met Starr. You will be touched by this remarkable book. Get your hands on a copy from your local bookstore or library. This is a must read!

About the author: Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg attached to star.

This about the author section is from Angie Thomas’s website: http://angiethomas.com/about

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