First time novelist Angie Thomas has made a big splash with her young adult novel, The Hate U Give. Released last month, the novel has already topped the New York Times's Best Seller List for Young Adult Hardcover Books, been optioned for a Hollywood film, and been acclaimed by critics and in numerous articles, such as this one in New York Magazine, this one on Fusion.net, and this one in the New York Times. It is also currently one of the most requested books in the Minuteman Library Network.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, an African American teen whose life is lived in two parts: home, a poverty-stricken, mostly black neighborhood; and school, which she attends with wealthy, mostly white classmates. When police gun down Starr's childhood friend before her eyes, the tension between these two halves snaps.