Genre: crime; political; coming-of-age novel; general fiction.
Key Stage: 4 (14+)
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (2017)
Plot: A story that revolves around the shooting of the unarmed Khalil Harris by a policeman and the subsequent fight for justice, led by his friend Starr Carter.
Positives: The premise of the book is a very powerful and topical idea; the anger in the United States of America around the actions of police and the commencement of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. This really encourages a range of emotions in the reader from frustration to horror. These emotions are furthered by the striking protagonist who you champion from the start of the text.
Negatives: In places, the book does lapse into the more casual and colloquial language in an attempt to reflect the way in which Starr Carter speaks which, for a British audience, is not as easy to understand.
If you like this, you might like: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely and A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena.
Reviewer: Ms Bevan