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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
To everyone at her school with a predominantly white population, Starr is the cool African American girl who is part of a semi-athletic group of friends, and has a sweet, yet oblivious boyfriend. That’s about all they know about her. They don’t know that she lives across town in Garden Heights, an area that’s known as the ghetto. Basically, she’s a part of two very opposite communities, and Starr has to put on a different face and mind for each one.

At school, she worries about her attitude and her actions, which in the wrong light could place her in the stereotype of the “angry black woman." At home, she’s ridiculed for losing her roots. Her two lives have always been separate, until she takes a ride home with her friend Khalil in Garden Heights, when they’re pulled over by a police officer. With both of them unarmed, Khalil is taken out of the car, without a clear reason why. While they wait for the officer to return to the car, Khalil moves toward Starr in the car to check on her, and is shot dead by the cop. Being the only witness to Khalil’s brutal murder, Starr must decide if she’s willing to have her two worlds collide in a fight for justice in court!

Posted on: 23rd April 2018 at 02:07 pm

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