The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. (2017).
**5 out of 5 stars**
Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and her posh high school in the suburbs. The line between the two blurs when Starr is the only witness to her unarmed friend being fatally shot by a police officer. Will Starr find her voice? If she does, it could destroy her community and/or get her killed.
I kept seeing references to this book, and then when I saw the movie trailer I thought yep I want to read that one. I’m not going to go too political in my review but I will say that this book made me feel more grateful and lucky to be a white Australian. It’s an extremely powerful book which made me feel a lot of emotions throughout. The author has written the narrator Starr with realism and also somehow made her relatable even if your circumstances are totally different. It’s obviously a controversial topic, particularly in America which is the book’s country of origin, but also across the world and I think the author has covered it respectfully and written it in a way that makes the reader realise just how unfairly some people are treated. For a debut novel (or even not a debut), this book is amazing.
I look forward to seeing the film version to see if it hits as hard as the novel.