Book cover of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas]

Angie Thomas’ debut novel¬†The Hate U Give¬† is an incredible story about the ways a black teenage girl navigates through different areas in her life after witnessing an act of police brutality. It is easy to see which parts are directly influenced by recent events (rest in peace Eric Garner and Edward Crawford) and the Black Lives Matter movement which helps demonstrate how this is both a modern story and yet a sadly ageless tale for black Americans. Empathetic and heartfelt, I hope this book provides its readers a better understanding of systemic race and, more importantly, a call to act for a more just world.