The Hate U Give
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’ searing debut addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Starr Carter, 16, lives in two very different worlds: one at her home in a poor black urban neighborhood, and the other at her suburban, mostly white high school. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed and soon his death becomes a national headline. Starr must testify before a grand jury and she's terrified, especially as emotions run high and violence erupts in her neighborhood. What everyone wants to know is: what really happened that night? And the only person who can answer that question is Starr.