The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

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Thomas’s hotly awaited de­but, in­spired by the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment and al­ready the sub­ject of a planned film adap­ta­tion: be­lieve the hype. The story of Starr Carter, sole wit­ness to her child­hood friend’s killing by a white cop dur­ing a traf­fic stop, is a breath­less, top­i­cal, and heart­break­ing take on an is­sue that trends with hor­ri­fy­ing fre­quency. But it’s also a warm, hi­lar­i­ous look at the life of a fam­ily and a neigh­bor­hood, ren­dered with vivid, lov­ing speci­ficity. Her eye for telling de­tail is true, her di­a­logue is per­fect, and her char­ac­ters are so con­cisely drawn you can see ev­ery one of them with per­fect clar­ity.

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