The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
"People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They're not forgetting. I think that's the most important part". Every now and then a book comes along which, we're reliably informed 'everyone is talking about', and, it turns out, that this is not only actually true but that the attention is thoroughly deserved! Here is one such book and it's no wonder why. Warm, witty compassionate, rousing, thrilling and bleak, this is a very extraordinary debut by the very talented Angie Thomas. Inspired by Black Lives Matters and the appalling, brutal truth that that statement and movement needs to exist at all. This novel first maps out institutional racism in both its complexities and its horrifying simplicity and then mercilessly unpicks and scratches away at the lies it tells, propelling towards an act of terror. The detailed narrative is held together by the voice of 16-year-old Starr who crosses worlds, moving between her all-white, posh, high school and her run down neighbourhood. Starr is a character you never want to let go of- both gentle and enraged, witty and sombre, defeated and triumphant; confounded and resolute. Above all she is one of the brightest and most resilient young role models for our times. "A stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic" - John Green. Age 14+, Paperback 431pp