Angie Thomas created an absolutely amazing, stunning, riveting and resonating story that is a must-have for all those conscious readers who want to make this world a better place. It's powerful, emotional, and is not afraid to talk about what others don't. Starr, a 16-year-old teenager, is the main character of the novel, and she lives in-between two different worlds.
She comes from a poor, dangerous hood, but she goes to quite a fancy prep school. Soon, the fragile balance between these two realities is crushed when she becomes witness to a cop killing her BFF from childhood. The boy's name was Khalil, and he wasn't carrying any sort of a weapon. His tragic death becomes the main topic on American television. Some reporters and official figures start calling him a thug, a vagabond, a member of a notorious gang and even a pusher.
At the same time, numerous protesters take to the streets and claim justice for the innocent boy. Some crooked policemen and the local drug boss try to make Starr change the story and not tell the real truth. They approach her family and force them to obey. But Starr is not ready to betray her friend like that, and, while everyone has an opinion about that tragic event, she's the only person in the world who knows what really happened that day.
The Hate U Give is one of the most important releases of the year and talks about the flaws of the modern-day American judicial system and the hate between the various social classes and ethnic groups. It's no secret that the country is in all kinds of trouble, but writers like Angie Thomas are pushing the boundaries and making folks more aware of what's really going on, thus giving us hope.