Angie Thomas’s debut YA novel, THE HATE U GIVE, has been on the top of everyone’s reading list since it’s release in 2017. With a star-studded cast, including Amandla Stenberg (who plays the protagonist, Starr), Regina Hall, Common, and Issa Rae, the film adaptation is sure to follow in the footsteps of its source material. Addressing important subjects like police brutality, race relations, identity, and privilege, The Hate U Give is the kind of film that will spur conversation long after the credits roll. If you loved the movie and want to read books that will delve deeper in the topics it addresses, here are a few to add to your TBR.
In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, 2 teens—one black, and one white—grapple with the repercussions of an act of police brutality. Caught on camera, the violence sends shock waves throughout their school, their community, and ultimately the entire country. It’s a heartbreaking novel that seems ripped from the headlines.