This weekly meme was created by Milana @A Couple Reads and Flavia @Flavia the Bibliphile to feature and discuss backlist books (books that were published six months ago or earlier) that are on your TBR and you have yet to read. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.
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Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood 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.
I remember being so hyped for this book! It was all anyone could talk about and now a year has gone by and somehow I still haven’t read it? Inconceivable! THUG is all about the Black Lives Matter movement and shedding light on police brutality as well as racial themes. Hopefully I can sneak it into my reading sometime soon!
Is this on your TBR? Have you read it? Let me know in the comments!