Welcome to the inaugural young adult book club here on Bedroom Traveling. The selection for the month of June, to be discussed at the end of the month, starting June 30th, is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
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.
The Hate U Give is 444 pages (but reads very quickly, I finished this one in three days) and currently holds a 4.67 out of 5 on Goodreads.
This was a wonderful, provocative, and timely novel that I can not recommend enough. On the thirtieth I will post again regarding the YA Book Club and hopefully we can get some discussion going.
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