The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 1/28/21-1/30/21

How I Found It: Rereading

Trigger Warning: this book includes descriptions of police brutality, racism, and abuse. If these are triggering for you, please read at your own discretion.

If I can call anything a modern classic, I am going to make this book one. I read this book about 2 years ago before I ever had this blog, but I wanted to reread this one as prep for when I read Concrete Rose.

Starr Carter attends a party when she runs into her childhood friend, Khalil. After shots ring out, Khalil takes her home. When a white cop pulls them over, things go sour fast, and Khalil ends up dead. Dealing with the consequences of the officer’s decision, Starr is forced to come to terms with who she is and how she can be the best advocate for Khalil.

There are a lot of Black Lives Matter books, but this is probably the most famous. The incredibly sad part of our history is just HOW MANY BLM books have come out, purely because we still haven’t reached a point where these protests have solved anything. And while I hope that the other stories for this month are not focused specifically on the movement (because black history is more than just this moment), I think that this is book, and especially this author, are the epitome of popular black culture in today’s literary world. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I encourage literally everyone to read this.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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