The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is categorized as a young adult novel, but honestly this novel feels like one everyone should read.
Starr Carter is a high school student at an elite private school who returns every night to her neighborhood of Garden Heights, which she often calls “the ghetto.” Starr’s ability to navigate between these two worlds is threatened when a childhood friend is killed by the police during a traffic stop.
Starr struggles to make sense of what she thinks is right as she feels pulled between the two opposing views of her two worlds.
Thomas’ writing brings to life Starr’s worlds and the people who make up that world. She brings in issues of race and privilege and of loyalty and honesty.
I would recommend The Hate U Give to pretty much anyone and would highly recommend it to those of us who benefit from white privilege (so, every white person).