The Hate U Give (Prebound)
Summer reading with substance: 444 pages of fiction that mirrors life and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (White people: if you still don't understand this movement, read this book!).
Starr, the main character, is a black teen straddling two worlds. She lives in a predominantly black neighborhood but goes to a fancy, mostly white prep school, and even has a white boyfriend whom she hides from her father, an outspoken black power activist and former gang member. Starr's childhood best friend Kahlil is killed by police during a traffic stop (sound familiar?), and as the sole witness, she must decide if she's going to speak up, not only to the police and the media, but to her white friends who think Kahlil was nothing but a thug.
Great writing and a fast-moving story. A must read!— Samantha