I got tagged in this Netflix book tag by Kat. A tag that combines both reading and Netflix? How could I say no?!
For anyone who’s even heard about THUG, you’ll know that it’s a phenomenal book and one that has been dubbed a 21st-century classic, for good reason.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
RELEASED: February 2017; Balzer + Bray
GENRE: YA Contemporary
KEY INFO: YA leadership, black lives matter, activism, finding your voice and speaking out
REPRESENTATION: woman of colour MC, people of colour
CONTENT WARNINGS: police violence, on-page murder of an unarmed young black man, racism, microaggressions