The Hate U Give
Firstly I have to say that this book should be read in every elementary school, it teaches such incredible lessons. It was a completely eye-opening book for a white woman like myself.
Thomas brilliantly illustrates the juxtaposition between two very different communities and one girl that bounces between the two trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs.
If you are white you WILL feel uncomfortable but you're supposed to, we've forced everyone around us to live in a world we've created for only ourselves and made everyone else feel like outsiders. It's about time we flipped the script and started getting uncomfortable because we've been too comfortable for far too long.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood 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.