The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomase

I am lucky enough to be a part of a book club at our local independent bookstore. The lucky part is that this is not a regular bookclub. We are a group of adults who drink wine and eat Cheetos and only read children’s books. In the year that this group has existed we have read some amazing titles like Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk and The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz. But hands down the best book we have read is Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give.

Yes, The Hate U Give is a young adult book but if you are over the age of fifteen and living in America today (or anywhere for that matter), you should read Thomas’ work. The Hate U Give is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter and the days that follow after she witnesses the death of her friend at the hand of a police officer.

I’m sure by now most of us have read news articles and watched television clips about police brutality. We have cried for innocent lives lost and wondered what can be done about this disturbing situation. As a white woman living in suburbia though, I assumed I would never be able to understand the feelings that accompany a loss like the one Starr experiences. While I will still never truly understand, I feel like I have gotten a step closer after reading The Hate U Give. I read the book in only a few sittings because while I was reading, I felt like I had crept into Starr’s life. I was feeling her sadness and her fear. I was feeling her love and her hate. And these are really important feelings to have.

While The Hate U Give is not your traditional summer reading, I recommend that everyone clear a space on their to be read list to include this book. You will be glad you did.

Stacey Loscalzo is a reader and writer living outside of New York City with her husband and their two daughters.

She writes for various local parenting publications and blogs at www.staceyloscalzo.com and www.betwixtgirls.com. Stacey loves to read anything at all from adult novels and memoirs to picture books. Stacey can be also be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all @staceyloscalzo).

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